According to the data released by BMC five deaths due to swine flu have been reported Mumbai till July 15. Since January 2017, 14 deaths have been reported due to swine flu in Mumbai. Also, 250 cases of swine flu have been reported till July 15. This raises the number of swine flu cases to 672 in Mumbai this year.
Whereas, last month 313 cases of swine flu were reported in Mumbai and nine deaths were reported due to swine flu. The number is tremendously high as compared to last year. In July 2016, only one case of swine flu was reported.
The threat of swine of flu has been highlighted by the civic authorities in the state and steps are accordingly being taken to reduce the danger of swine flu. As informed by BMC, all the ward medical health officers have been alerted about the respective deaths in their wards and have been ordered to conduct a rapid house to house survey to identify similar influenza like illnesses.
With rising cases of swine flu in the state, a team of four from the National Centre for Communicable Disease Control (NCCDC) recently visited the state to study the reasons behind the swine flu deaths and suggest guidelines.
Experts observed a new strain called the Michigan strain has been isolated in the state. According to the experts, this is the reason why more people are falling prey to it.
In order to prevent the spread of H1N1 vaccination program has also been undertaken by BMC. 3,006 beneficiaries of the vaccination program have been reported so far.