As many as 15 people have succumbed to contagious swine flu in Haryana this year, the government said Sunday.
“Fifteen people have died due to swine flu in the state so far,” Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Ram Niwas said.
At present, there are 110 confirmed cases of swine flu reported in the state, he said.
“These patients are getting treatment at hospitals,” Niwas said, adding that most of the patients are coming to hospitals at a later stage of disease.
Meanwhile, the death toll due to the flu in neighbouring Punjab has crossed 23.
However, officials of both Punjab and Haryana maintain that the situation is “under control” and hospitals are well equipped to take care of patients and “there was no need for panic.”
The authorities have asked private schools to keep a close watch on the students showing swine flu like symptoms and send them on leave till they recover.
People have been advised not to sneeze or spit without the use of tissue paper/handkerchief and adopt practises of frequent hand washing with soap and water.