Four people died on Friday as Rajasthan continues to remain the worst hit with the death toll reaching 100 due to swine flu.

Also, 87 new cases have been reported in the state, taking the tally of patients to 2,793 in 39 days.

Amongst the fresh cases, Jaipur witnessed the highest number of 43 patients, followed by Barmer (nine), Dausa and Udaipur (four each), Jaisalmer and Jodhpur (three each), Sawai Madhopur, Kota, Bikaner, Churu, Hanumangarh, Alwar, Sikar (two each) and one each from Ajmer, Bhilwara, Bharatpur, Ganganagar, Jhunjhunu, Baran and Rajsamand.

With the arrangement made in five new colleges, swine flu tests are now being conducted at 50 places across the state.

On Wednesday, a meeting was held by the health ministry headed by Secretary Preeti Sudan to review on action taken to deal swine flu.

The health ministry said that it has deputed a Public Health Team to Rajasthan to assess the situation and assist the states in strengthening the response to the increase in cases. Additional teams to Gujarat and Punjab to assist the states in outbreak response has also been ordered.

Gujarat has the second most number of deaths (43) followed by Punjab (30), while more than 6,600 cases have been recorded in 2019.

16 people have lost their lives in Himachal Pradesh this year, said Health and Family Welfare minister Vipin Singh Parmar in a suo motu statement in the state Assembly on Tuesday.

Delhi on Tuesday recorded one death from swine flu and 1,019 positive cases.

As many as 74 fresh cases of swine flu were recorded in Delhi on Wednesday, taking the total number of people affected by the disease in the city this year to 1,093, according to a report of the Directorate General of Health Services.

The cases included 868 adults and 225 children, the report said.

However, two Centre-run hospitals here have reported 13 deaths due to swine flu this year. According to senior officials at Safdarjung Hospital, three deaths due to swine flu have been recorded this season, while RML Hospital has reported 10 fatalities.

Nine of the 10 people who died at RML Hospital were from Delhi, and the other one was from outside the city, officials said.

Amid the mounting cases of the H1N1 infections in the city, the Delhi government Wednesday issued a health advisory, prescribing the do’s and don’ts.

Seasonal Influenza (H1N1) is a self-limiting viral, air-borne disease spread from person-to-person, through large droplets generated through coughing and sneezing, indirect contact by touching a contaminated object or surface (fomite transmission like telephone, cell phones, computers, door handles, doorbells, pens, toys etc) and close contact (including handshaking, hugging, kissing), the advisory said.

The symptoms are fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, difficulty in breathing. Other symptoms may include body ache, headache, fatigue, chills, diarrhoea and vomiting and blood-stained sputum.

There are three categories of H1N1 influenza — A, B and C.

In addition to all the signs and symptoms mentioned under category A, if a patient has a high-grade fever and severe sore throat, he or she may require home isolation and Oseltamivir.

High-risk group includes, children with mild illness but with predisposing risk factors, pregnant women, persons aged 65 years or older, patients with lung diseases, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, blood disorders, diabetes, neurological disorders, cancer and HIV/AIDS, or those on long-term cortisone therapy, the advisory said.

(With PTI inputs)