Posted by Neharika Sabharwal on February 25, 2010

Reports of 11 new deaths Wednesday is a troubling reminder that the influenza continues to infect, sicken, and even kill at-risk people.

Since the lethal disease claimed its first victim on Aug. 3, the mortality figure in the nation has mounted to 1357.

One person succumbed to the virus in Rajasthan today, while the remaining ten deaths, five each were reported from the states of Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

All the ten casualties had occurred previously but were confirmed as H1N1 related by the respective states to the union health ministry today.

State-wise death count
Maharashtra, the epicenter of the flu in India, is the worst affected by the deadly virus. The state so far accounts for 359 of the total lives lost in the nation. Additionally 285 died in Gujarat, 192 in Rajasthan, 146 in Karnataka, and 95 in Delhi.

The total swine flu deaths in the other states is as follows: 52 died in Andhra Pradesh, 39 in Punjab, 38 in Haryana, 37 in Kerala, 26 in Madhya Pradesh, 19 in Uttar Pradesh, 13 in Uttarakhand, 11 in Chhattisgarh, eight each in Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, seven in Tamil Nadu, six in Puducherry, five in Goa, four in Jammu & Kashmir, three in Orissa, two in Assam and one each in Mizoram and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

Update of infections across the nation
Though, swine flu is no longer widespread in any state, sporadic infections continue to surface almost daily.

According to official sources, 28 indigenous cases of the contagion were detected from across the country. These included 13 new infections from Maharashtra, five each from Karnataka and Gujarat, two each from Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh and one from Rajasthan.

As of now, the total figure of positive cases confirmed by both private and government laboratories in the country has mounted to 29,583.

Pandemic peak assessed by WHO
Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) met Tuesday to assess whether the H1N1 pandemic is still in phase six or had returned to the normal seasonal influenza levels.

Although the influenza had simmered down, the committee concluded it was premature to acknowledge that H1N1 had attained the post-peak period, and the situation needs to be reviewed again.

Overall, the severity of the flu has waned in the Northern Hemisphere, Canada, and the United States but there are still outbreaks in West Africa.

There have been 16,000 deaths worldwide, since the virus surfaced in North America last April. According to WHO, it will take two years for a more accurate estimate of the death toll.



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