Swine Flu Claims over 1,000 Lives in India This Year

India looks like to be in the firm grip of an outbreak of swine flu with the recorded number of death rising to 1,094 over the last eight months, according to an official report. The past three weeks have experienced the highest number of casualties at 342. In all, a total number of 22,186 cases have been recorded all over the country.

The number of casualties this year is almost four times more than the number recorded over the same period in the year 2016, which itself experienced a dip in the incidences of the virus.

The worst affected region is Maharashtra, the western state in the country where the total deaths recorded rose to 437, according to the information disclosed by the Union Health Ministry. Neighboring state of Gujrat has followed up closely with total death toll rising to 297, according to the news agency PTI.

The country experienced a similar and severe wave of swine flu epidemic two years back, when the health authorities struggled to keep the outbreak in check and which resulted in deaths of over 1,900 people. While in 2016, there was a dip in the death numbers due to the disease (265) and total affected cases (1,786), the rising numbers this year point towards the resurgence of the swine flu virus.

India experienced its most devastating outbreak in the years of 2009 and 2010, when the attack of swine flu virus affected more than 50,000 people and claimed over 2,700 lives across the nation.

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