2 die of Swine flu in Assam

Two more persons succumbed to swine flu and 10 new cases of those infected with the H1N1 virus surfaced in Assam, officials said on Sunday.

Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Nazrul Islam said four persons have been detected with swine flu in Jorhat and Dibrugarh each, three in Guwahati and one in Tezpur.

The death toll due to the virus has reached four, with two deaths occurring in Jorhat district. “Of the 12 persons, seven had history of travel and five are affected locally,” he added.

He said the Assam government has prepared isolation wards in every district hospital across the State.

Islam said the government will soon start vaccination drive across the State for Japanese encephalitis.