Death toll from H1N1 reaches 23

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Emphasising on the need to make people aware of the disease, Meherda said the government is taking all possible steps to deal with the situation arising out of swine flu as well as dengue.

Meherda informed that Swine Flu has claimed eight lives in Odisha so far while adequate measures are being taken to create awareness.

Health officers said special Out Patient Department (OPD), special wards for swine flu patients have also been ready.

The swine flu toll in Odisha today rose to six with two persons succumbing to the disease in the state.

The secondary infection rate among those close to the patients with H1N1 is not high as infections of health staff and families have remained low and there is no report of the large-scale outbreaks outside Chin State.

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. Most of the patients have come from outside the state, he said.

The Minister told the house that 365 dengue cases, 246 chikungunya cases and 356 malaria cases were also reported in Delhi. Around 47 people have so far tested positive for the disease. On Sunday a total of 28 samples from different hospitals across the state were sent for test.

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