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January 08, 2010

2009 flu pandemic in India

2009 flu pandemic in India is the outbreak of swine flu in various parts of India. Soon after the outbreak of H1N1 virus in the United States and Mexico in March, the Government of India started screening people coming from the affected countries at airports for swine flu symptoms.The first case of the flu in India was found on the Hyderabad airport on 13 May, when a man traveling from US to India was found H1N1 positive.Subsequently, more confirmed cases were reported and as the rate of transmission of the flu increased in the beginning of August, with the first death due to swine flu in India in Pune,panic began to spread. As of 14 August 2009, 1193 cases of swine flu has been confirmed and 719 people have been discharged with 20 deaths.
The only known drug to work against H1N1(Tamiflu) was not sold in general medical stores, to prevent the virus from developing antibiotic resistance due to excessive use. The government feared that people would pop in pills for no reason, thereby making the virus resistant to its only known cure. The problem facing the state machinery was the fact that flu infected cases were coming from across the country.

Outbreak evolution in India

Red**Confirmed cases

India To Finally Receive Swine Flu Drugs: Generic version of Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) will now be available in Indian market, after several months of swine flu attack. A week ago Natco Pharma and Strides Arcolabs have launched their generic version of Oseltamivir, Natflu and Starflu. These drugs will be available to the customers directly under prescription.
On January 1, 2010 the Indian government reported there had been 967 deaths from swine flu in the country.

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