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Swine flu in Kashmir: Death toll rises to seven

Five patients, infected with the virus was admitted to the hospital, while two other patients were discharged.

In the last four days, as many 77 people have tested positive for swine flu in the Kashmir Valley. Out of these, one person has died due to the disease taking the total death toll to seven.

"There has been one more death due to swine flu. The patient had Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and he was tested positive for the Swine Flu virus," Medical Superintendent, SKIMS, Doctor Farooq Jan, told PTI.

The number of disease-related deaths in the Valley is seven now. The number of patients infected with the virus in the valley has risen to 267 as 77 new cases had surfaced during the last four days, he added. Read about the various precautions you should take to prevent swine flu.

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"We had a backlog of 144 samples which we had sent for testing over the last four days. But due to shifting of the laboratory, the reports for those tests were delayed. Out of these 77 have tested positive," he said.

65 more samples are in the backlog and five fresh samples were taken, he added.

"We used to have around 280 patients visiting for check-up at the special OPD, but now that number is decreasing today we had only 111. Five among them were suspected and their samples were sent for testing. So there is no need to panic," he said. Read about the various swine flu signs and symptoms that you must be aware of.

Five patients, infected with the virus was admitted to the hospital, while two other patients were discharged today, he added.

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With inputs from PTI


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