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79 patients test positive for swine flu in India's Uttar Pradesh

Christian Fernsby |
At least 79 people have tested positive for swine flu in Meerut district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, health officials said today.

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"A total of 79 positive cases of swine flu have been detected here," said Dr. Rajkumar, chief medical officer in Meerut. "In the eight deaths that are attributed to swine flu, we have constituted a team that will audit the deaths to ascertain the actual cause."

According to Rajkumar, of the 79 cases, 20 are policemen from Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and all of them have been quarantined and are taking medicine.

Following the detection the software company offices in Bengaluru, Gurugram and Mumbai have been closed for extensive sanitization and fumigation.

Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by a strain of the influenza type A virus, H1N1.

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