16 fresh swine flu cases in Bengal

Kolkata : As many as 16 fresh cases of swine flu were detected in West Bengal in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases to 131, an official said Sunday. There were no fresh deaths.

The toll due to swine flu in Bengal rose to eight Saturday with the death of a two and-a-half-year-old at a city hospital.

"No deaths were reported since Saturday evening. 16 fresh cases have been detected. The total number of cases has reached 131," said Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Malay Kumar De.

Agra has 100 suspected swine flu cases

Agra : With four more new probable swine flu cases, the total number has touched 100 in the Taj Mahal city.

Of the reports of 20 patients received in Agra, seven have tested positive.

According to Agra's Chief Medical Officer H.S. Danu, 82 samples were sent for testing at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in New Delhi.

With the weather taking an abrupt turn, the return of the chill will extend the agony, say doctors who were hoping the virus would die soon as the mercury rises.

Bengal hospitals refusing swine flu patients: NGO tells Mamata

Kolkata : NGO People for Better Treatment (PBT) has termed as "unlawful" the refusal to treat swine flu patients by certain hospitals in West Bengal, and said it would move court if the state government fails to meet its demands of ensuring proper treatment for all patients.

The toll due to swine flu in the state has risen to seven with the death of a person at a city hospital, while 12 fresh cases were reported taking the total number of positive cases to 112.

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Swine flu deaths crosses 250 mark in Rajasthan

Jaipur : The swine flu epidemic continued to rage in Rajasthan with six more deaths reported Thursday taking the total death toll over the 250 mark since the start of this year, an official said.

"Six more deaths were reported across the state on Thursday. Total deaths reported till Thursday touched 251 from Jan 1 in the state," a medical and health department official told IANS.

Total positive cases as of Thursday evening were 5,262, out of which 2,039 are from Jaipur alone, the official said.

33 new cases of swine flu in Telangana

Hyderabad : Telangana Thursday reported 33 fresh cases of swine flu, officials said.

The health authorities sent 139 samples for screening at the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) here and out of them, 33 were found to have H1N1 virus.

This has taken the number of swine flu cases to 1,385 since January. The virus has so far claimed 54 lives, the majority of them in Hyderabad and neighbouring Ranga Reddy district.

According to a bulletin by the health department, 4,381 samples were screened for H1N1 this year.

Swine flu toll in Bengal now 6

Kolkata : The toll due to swine flu in West Bengal Thursday rose to six with the death of a person at a city hospital while the number of positive cases went up to 100, an official said.

"The swine flu toll now is six after a person died today at a city hospital. In the last 24 hours, 11 new cases have been recorded which takes the number of positive cases to 100 in the state," said Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Malay Kumar De.

Of the 11 new cases, nine were from the city while one each was reported from North 24 Parganas and Howrah districts.

10 held for refusing polio vaccines to children in Pakistan

Islamabad: Police have registered cases against 160 people and arrested 10 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan after they refused to administer polio vaccines to their children during the ongoing anti-polio campaign, media reported Thursday.

The cases were registered under Section 144 in Nowshera district after the parents refused to let their children receive anti-polio drops, Dawn online reported.

Police initiated a crack down to arrest the remaining accused.

117 die of swine flu in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal : As many as 117 people have died of swine flu in Madhya Pradesh, authorities said.

One person has died of swine flu since Tuesday and 181 people are still being treated for it, said the state's coordination committee.

Expert urges India to sequence swine flu virus

Hyderabad: With swine flu (H1N1) claiming over 800 lives in India this year, a world-renowned scientist in viral pathogenesis has called for the need to sequencing the circulating strains in the country to find out if the virus is mutated.

Voicing concern over high mortality rate, Rafi Ahmed, director, Emory Vaccine Center in US' Atlanta, has also called for screening the samples for H3N2 and influenza type B besides H1N1 virus.