Swine flu epidemic in Gujarat: Death toll rises to 242
Ahmedabad, August 19: The deadly swine flu disease in Gujarat has reached a mammoth proportion. As per reports, at least 12 people died of swine flu in the state on Friday. Thus, 242 people died due to swine flu in the state since January this year, figures available with the state government revealed.
According to the health bulletin issued by the state government, 12 people infected with H1N1 virus died in various parts of Gujarat even as 228 new cases were registered on Friday.
While four deaths each were reported in Ahmedabad and Vadodara city, one death each was reported in Ahmedabad district, Mehsana, Gandhinagar city and Patan district, it said.
Since January this year, 2,500 patients infected with H1N1 virus were admitted to various hospitals. Out of them, 959 were cured, 1,299 are still undergoing treatment while 242 have died, the bulletin said.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday visited civil hospitals in Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara and Ahmedabad to take stock of the swine flu situation.
During his visit to a hospital in Vadodara, Rupani said that he has requested the Centre to send a team of medical experts to suggest steps to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus infection.