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Swine flu cases raised in Telangana

One more person has died of swine flu here, taking the toll in Telangana due to the virus to 22 so far (since December last year), a senior health official said on Monday.

"One death was reported yesterday evening," director of state-run Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) L Narendranath told reporters here.

With this, the total number of persons succumbing to the virus stood at 22 in Telangana. Nine deaths were reported due to swine flu during December last year, while 13 persons died this month, he said.

The total number of H1N1 positive cases has risen to 368, out of the total 1,050 samples sent for examination at the city-based Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) since January 1.

On the directions of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the swine flu committee is meeting daily to take stock of the situation, he said, adding, "Health Minister C Laxma Reddy reviewed the situation at a meeting in Gandhi Hospital on Monday. He collected details (on swine flu) and gave certain suggestions."

Replying to a query, he said every government hospital has adequate stock of tablets and syrups.

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