Swine flu grips Telangana, AP

As many as 88 positive cases of swine flu were reported in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in 2014, a senior health official said on Thursday.

Of them, about 22 cases were reported in last week of December last year, said Dr K Subhakar, nodal officer for the disease here.

Noting that swine flu is not life threatening for healthy people, P Sambasiva Rao, Director of Health of Telangana, said yesterday that the government has taken various steps for checking the spread of the disease.

Meanwhile, a pregnant woman who was undergoing treatment for swine flu at the Osmania General Hospital died on Saturday taking the toll in Telangana to 10.

Three kids have tested positive in Hyderabad.

The new patients are a 17-month old boy from Banjara Hills, a three-year-old girl from Medchal and an 8-year-old boy from Old Alwal. All the children are undergoing treatment in the city.

Apart from this a 56-year-old woman from Nizamabad and a 26-year-old woman from Miyapur were also confirmed to have swine flu. The total number of cases in both the states now stands at 86. The months of November and December have seen a steep rise in cases. The trend is bound to continue till the cold weather continues.

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