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Swine flu death toll reaches 75 in Rajasthan; Uttarakhand on alert after 11 dead

As many as 1,911 people were tested positive for the H1N1 virus from January 1 to 28 in Rajasthan.

SNS | New Delhi |

Two more people died due to swine flu in Rajasthan Monday, taking the toll to 75, an official spokesperson said.

As many as 1,911 people were tested positive for the H1N1 virus from January 1 to 28, according to the spokesperson of the medical and health department.

Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma said the government has decided to make arrangements for swine flu testing in five new medical colleges.

He took stock of the situation and gave necessary direction to officials through video conferencing.

With the arrangement in five new colleges, swine flu tests will now be conducted at 50 places across the state.

The minister said screening for suspected patients will be done at railway stations and bus stands.

An alert has also been sounded in Uttarakhand after 11 people died of swine flu in less than one month, mostly in Dehradun, health officials informed.

Almost one death related to swine flu is being reported after every two days since the first case became known in January.

A total of 95 samples were sent for laboratory tests to New Delhi. Till now, nearly 25 cases have been tested positive, of which 11 people are still admitted in various hospitals in the state including Dehradun.

(With agency inputs)