Pune, Nashik in grip of swine flu,

Volatile temperatures have led to a surge in swine flu-related deaths across northern and western Maharashtra, with more than 60 people succumbing to the lethal H1N1 virus in the State since July this year, confirmed health officials on Wednesday.

Maximum in Pune

Most of the fatalities were recorded in the last two months, with maximum casualties originating from Pune district in western Maharashtra (30 deaths) and Nashik in northern Maharashtra (23 deaths).

According to alarming reports from Nashik, at least three deaths were reported from the district in the last 24 hours, taking the toll since mid-July to 23.

“There has been a spurt in the number of those afflicted by the virus since July. More than 600 persons across the State have tested positive while more than 19,000 persons exhibiting H1N1influenza-like symptoms have been administered with Tamiflu,” said State surveillance officer Pradeep Awate.

Medical authorities in Nashik informed that a total of 53 patients were presently admitted in the civil district hospital and in private clinics in the district.

Pune city and the township of Pimpri-Chinchwad, which witnessed a month-long spell of relentless showers in August, recorded 10 and 20 cases of persons succumbing to the virus.

Dip in temperatures

Since the beginning of this month, the city has been experiencing a sharp difference between day and night temperatures which has proved conducive for the virus.

“There has been a spurt in swine flu cases especially since the beginning of August owing to prolonged wet conditions. At least 10 deaths have been confirmed with a total of 175 cases testing positive for H1N1. Around 35 people had been put on ventilation,” said Dr. Anjali Sabne, assistant medical officer, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

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