The outbreak of Swine flu in Rajasthan has consumed six more lives on Thursday.
Six people, two each in Jodhpur and Barmer and one each in Nagaur and Bharatpur, died on Thursday.
With this, the total number of people succumbing to the H1N1 virus in Rajasthan this year (from January 1 to February 14) mounts to 125.
This year, 30 deaths have been reported from Jodhpur itself. Followed by 12 in Barmer, and nine each in Udaipur and Bikaner.
A spokesperson from the Health Department confirmed that as many as 3,285 people have been tested positive of the H1N1 virus during this period in Rajasthan.
Though the situation is most concerning in Rajasthan, the epidemic has been on the rise in various other states.
Swine flu has so far claimed over 300 lives and affected around 9,500 other people across India until Thursday. Rajasthan registered the highest number of cases and deaths, followed by Gujarat, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana and Telangana.
National capital Delhi has seen 6 deaths and 1409 cases reported while Punjab has registered 30 deaths and 301 cases, Madhya Pradesh has seen 16 deaths and 81 cases. Maharashtra has reported 13 deaths and 197 cases of Swine Flu.
The state government has issued a high alert in the state. Leaves of doctors and paramedical staff in the state stand cancelled. The state government is claiming to have made the required arrangements for procuring swine flu medicines.
Swine flu is an infection caused by one of the several swine influenza viruses (SIV), with the H1N1 strain being the most common across the country. The illness is originally known to affect pigs. It is known to have spread to humans who came in direct contact with pigs. The virus is transmitted from person to person through the same medium as other flu viruses.
The symptoms of Swine flu include a cough, sore throat, and body ache among others. The symptoms are often similar to that of seasonal flu or viral fever and hence should not be ignored. The virus can prove to be fatal in case of diabetics, children and elderly people.