Swine flu deaths go up in southern India, toll now 50

A 27-year-old man died in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool, 200 km from Hyderabad, of swine flu on Wednesday, making him the eighth victim of the disease in the district. It has taken the tally of swine flu related deaths in South India to nearly 50 this year.

According to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), a total of 1,260 cases of swine flu were reported from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telengana, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry until October 14 this year. Out of this, at least 37 persons succumbed to the illness.

“This is the biggest outbreak since September 2015. The virus is already in the community and those who have lost their immunity are particularly susceptible to falling ill,”Sunanda Reddy, district surveillance officer, Bengaluru Urban, said.

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