With six more people succumbing to the H1N1 virus, the death count due to swine flu in Rajasthan has risen to 125, according to data released by the state health department on Thursday. Six people, two each in Jodhpur and Barmer and one each in Nagaur and Bharatpur, died on Thursday, a spokesperson said. Besides, as many as 3,285 people have been tested positive of the H1N1 virus during this period in the state, he added.
Swine flu has so far claimed over 300 lives and affected around 9,500 others across India till Thursday. Rajasthan still topping the list with highest number of cases and deaths followed by Gujarat, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana and Telangana.
Swine flu, also known as H1N1 flu, is a human respiratory infection caused by a Swine Influenza Virus (SIV) that started in pigs. H1N1 virus spreads if an individual touch an infected or breathes droplets of coughs and sneezes that are in the air.
The symptoms of Swine flu include a cough, sore throat, and body ache among others. The symptoms are often similar to that of seasonal flu or viral fever and hence should not be ignored. The virus can prove to be fatal in case of diabetics, children and elderly people.
If one individual is sick or has any flu-like symptoms for a long time should consult a doctor on an immediate basis. People with swine flu symptoms are also advised not to go to school or work. The most effective way to prevent the disease is going for early medical advice and avoiding contact with people tested positive for H1N1 virus.