4 swine flu deaths in Himachal Pradesh so far, 7 test positive


Himachal Pradesh has witnessed four swine flu deaths while seven positive cases have been reported so far. Of the four deaths, two have occurred in PGI Chandigarh. Earlier, swine flu deaths were reported from Solan district only, but with the death of a youth from Palampur tehsil of Kangra district, alarm bells have been set ringing.

State nodal officer, swine flu, Dr Anuradha, said that two deaths at IGMC have been confirmed to be swine flu deaths, while they have not received any report about the two deaths that occurred at PGI Chandigarh. "PGI Chandigah has not sent us its report," she said.

She said that seven positive cases have been detected so far. "Majority of cases are from Solan and Kangra districts while one case was reported from Bilaspur district," she said.

As a precautionary measure, separate isolation wards have been created at Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla and Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College at Tanda in Kangra. Health officials are distributing medicines to people who came in contact with patients.

Under the health department's mandatory follow up in swine flu cases, medication of Tami Flu is provided to people coming in contact with swine flu patients, to mitigate its further spread.
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