Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government on Thursday sounded a high alert after swine flu claimed five lives in the state within less than a fortnight, a health department official here said."In less than 15 days, five deaths in the state have been confirmed to swine flu.

Dozens of people, including two government doctors in Raipur, are suffering from the disease," a directorate of health services official said. The state government has instructed hospitals across all the 27 districts to distribute Tamiflu, a drug against H1N1 virus that causes swine flu, free of cost.

The government has also asked people to rush to the nearest hospital in case they detect symptoms of the disease, which include high fever, cough, sore throat, body ache, chills and fatigue that can be extreme.  


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