"A total of 10 patients have been tested positive for swine flu till now since January 1 in the state. No deaths have been reported so far," a health department statement issued said here on Thursday.

During the period, swab and blood samples of 65 suspected patients from cities of Durg, Bilaspur and Raipur were sent to NICD for test to confirm the presence of H1N1 virus. Of them, 10 tested positive, it said.

All 10 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals.All district hospitals and medical colleges in the state have been issued an advisory and the government is taking every possible step to prevent the spread of the disease, it said.

The government also appealed to people that there is no need to panic as the situation is being closely monitored. In case of symptoms of swine flu, patients should immediately visit their nearby government health centres where medicines to cure swine flu are available in abundant, the statement said.

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