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Lessons from the dengue and H1N1 rise in Mumbai

The first quarter of 2019 saw an increased burden of dengue fever in Mumbai compared to last year, official figures show. Yet there may be other causes for concern when it comes to infectious diseases in the metro. India’s largest city and the state capital of Maharashtra reported 44 cases of dengue in the January-March […]

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Ventilators are in short supply in Delhi – and some don’t work

Public hospitals in the national capital are struggling with a frightening shortage of ventilators. Health Issues India recently highlighted the story of Farhan, a three-year-old boy suffering from a rare disorder called Leigh syndrome. The hospital treating him lacked a spare ventilator. This forced the boy’s family to manually ventilate him, by pumping air into

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Are swine flu cases being misreported?

Swine flu has killed seventeen people in Uttarakhand state capital Dehradun, out of 81 cases reported. At least, that’s if you ask the health department. There are questions being raised over these figures. The Sant Mahant Indiresh Hospital (SMIH) alone witnessed fifteen deaths and 81 cases between January 1st and February 4th. The disparity between

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Swine flu prevalent across multiple states

India is currently experiencing significant numbers of swine flu cases across multiple states and union territories. At the time of writing there have been 542 deaths due to swine flu and 6,803 infection cases. The numbers so far fall much short of the figures last year. 38,811 swine flu cases were recorded in 2017. However,

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Outbreak of swine flu in Karnataka

In Karnataka, 456 people have tested positive for the H1N1 virus — also known as swine flu. A 52 year-old woman from Siddipet is the first reported fatality resulting from H1N1 infection. Another eleven patients are currently in critical care at the time of writing.  The woman was admitted to hospital with a high fever,

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Swine flu alert in India, first case reported

Swine flu has shown first signs of return in India. Health officials in Kolkata, West Bengal have issued an alert after a case of the disease was reported on Monday. Swine flu made global headlines in 2009 after an outbreak reached pandemic proportions. The disease caused, according to one estimate, more than 284,000 deaths worldwide.

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Swine Flu claims 600 lives, double last years figure

An alarming rise in the prevalence of swine flu has occurred this year. As of the 9th July the H1N1 virus has affected 12,460 people and has been responsible for 600 deaths. This increase is considerable. Only 1786 infections occurred in 2016, with 265 deaths associated with the virus. Experts are particularly concerned at the

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