The Tamil Nadu state already had their hands full with the Dengue cases, but there’s no respite for them as the H1N1 virus has swept them away, with almost 3000 cases being reported since January. This indicates a mammoth 32-fold increase since last year, when around 122 people were infected. Till the mid of July, this deadly virus has affected 13,188 people and has killed 632 of them. Compared to 1,786 infections and 265 deaths last year, it’s clear that the situation is worsening at a dreadful rate.
The conditions in other states is not much good. Tamil Nadu might lead the table for the highest detections of the virus, but Maharashtra had the highest mortality rate, around 300 deaths and 2,738 infections.
Director of Public Health K Kulandaisamy stated that the situation is not as bad as it is being portrayed, and went on to saying that the virus has been brought under control. “Most of these cases were reported from February to April, during the cooler months. Now we see only around five to six flu cases a month,” he said, attributing the drop to sanitation campaigns and weather change. Coimbatore, Chennai and Tirunelveli had the highest share of infections.