One more woman dies of swine flu, toll reaches 4

Patients suffering from cold attending a medical camp for a check-up at Bardol in Bargarh on Friday | Express

After taking a review meeting here, Health Secretary P.K. Meherda assured that the government is taking all possible steps to tackle swine flu and dengue outbreak in the state.

The secretary said swine flu cases are being reported at an alarming rate across the state.

The vector-borne disease claimed another life at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack today taking the total death toll in Odisha in the current season to two. "Most of the swine flu cases in Odisha happen to be migration cases as the disease is reported in some other parts of the country too", Health Secretary P K Meherda said. People were advised not to take vaccines without consulting doctors.

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Meanwhile, a report said at least two doctors, one at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and another at the Capital Hospital here, have tested positive to the H1N1 virus. But more swine flu suspected patients are found in city. According to Health department sources, the number of dengue cases has touched 370 in the state with close to 60 positive cases being reported from Bhadrak district alone.

The number is far less than a year ago when eight people had died of dengue while almost 4,000 positive cases were reported, he added.

When contacted Dr Sudhir Jaisani, Chief Medical & Health Officer, said no test report of swine flu patients was received but 13 samples of swine flu suspected patients were sent to Virology Lab for testing.

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