Odisha swine flu toll rises to six

Odisha swine flu toll rises to six

"The situation is completely under control and there is no need to panic".

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.

The secretary said swine flu cases are being reported at an alarming rate across the state. Necessary measures are also being taken to create awareness among the public. Meherda who has also reviewed dengue incidence said the number of people afflicted by this was less than the figures reported previous year, when eight people had died of the malaise.

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. "Since it has spread in other states so obviously a few cases will be detected in our state due to migration and traveling of people", said health secretary Pramod Meherda.

He advised people to avoid self-medication and to wash hands at regular intervals since the disease was contagious. A person undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack succumbed to Swine flu late last night, informed the swine flu nodal office of the hospital.

The official said 16 of 28 samples tested positive for swine flu on Sunday, as the number of affected persons increased to 103.

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