Two more swine flu deaths in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Dec 12 - A two-month-old baby boy and a 45-year-old woman have succumbed to swine flu in Chandigarh, officials said Saturday.

The victims are baby Harshit, of neighbouring Mohali town, and Kamlesh of Panchkula town in Haryana.

Health officials of the respective areas have been told to quarantine people who had come in contact with them, an official here said.

Kamlesh was earlier admitted to a Panchkula hospital, from where she was referred to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh.

So far, 210 people have tested positive for the H1N1 virus in Chandigarh hospitals and over 25 have died in the region.

With a dip in temperature, health officials are concerned about the spread of the virus. The last one week has seen 10 deaths and 25 new positive cases in the city.

"With a decline in mercury levels, people are becoming more prone to swine flu. However, there is no need to panic," said G. C. Bansal, officiating nodal officer for swine flu in Chandigarh.(IANS)