New Delhi: Sixty people tested positive for swine flu in the Capital on Wednesday, taking the total number of those infected by the Influenza A (H1N1) virus to 570, an official said.

"Sixty people tested positive for swine flu, but there have been no deaths on Wednesday," a doctor of the Delhi Health Service (DHS) told reporters. According to doctors, there has been a sudden spurt in the number of swine flu cases; there were 39 cases and one death in January alone, and 531 cases and 10 deaths in February as of Wednesday.


What is swine flu?

Swine Flu is a respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus called as H1N1. It is a mutated version containing genetic material that is generally found in strains of the virus that affect humans, birds and swine (pigs).


  • Sudden fever- 100 degrees F or above
  • Cough and sneezing
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Aching muscles and joints
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhoea or stomach ache
  • Loss of appetite

Particularly at high risk

  • Having existing serious illness that weakens your immune system
  • Pregnant women
  • People of 65 years or above age
  • Children below five years


  • Cover mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing
  • Cover your mouth and nose while going out
  • Maintain high level of hygiene
  • Wash hands frequently

Emergency help

Contact doctors and all government hospitals in case of any symptoms found.


"This year there have been 570 cases of swine flu in two months," an official said, attributing it to a weather patterns and low hygiene standards of people. According to the Delhi government, only four cases were reported during the same period in 2012, and a total of 78 cases and one death in the entire year.


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