302 swine flu deaths reported in Maharashtra this year

325 people affected with swine flu are still in various hospitals, out of which 25 are critical and 10 are on the ventilator

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This year, as many as 302 people have succumbed to the H1N1 virus so far in the state. According to the State Health Surveillance officer, Pradip Awate, 325 people affected with swine flu are still in various hospitals, out of which 25 are critical and 10 are on the ventilator.

Dr Awate said in 2017, 778 H1N1 deaths were reported in the state. He added that between January 1 and October 30 this year, 2,375 swine flu cases were reported in the state, of those, 1,745 people were treated and were discharged.


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It is believed that deaths due to swine flu have significantly declined this year as around 700 people had died in 2017. This year, the number of deaths due to H1N1 spiked in July, August, and September.

According to the medicos, diabetic patients and people who suffer from hypertension are at higher risk of this communicable disease. They must immediately consult a doctor if they show symptoms like a cough or cold. If treated within a span of two days after the detection of the disease, chances of recovery are higher.

Dr Awate said that only about 5 to 6 per cent of people who suffer from swine flu were admitted to the hospital, the rest are receiving oral medication at home which one should totally avoid. 

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