NEW DELHI: The number of persons suffering from in the city has touched ,278, with over 700 cases in the last .

As per the data released by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday, seven people have succumbed to the viral illness. Across India, total 12,191 swine flu cases have been reported this year, and as per NCDC data, 377 people have died due to it.

A Delhi government official said all state-run hospitals have enough stock of medicines and beds to deal with patient rush. “We are also issuing advisories on routine basis so that people adopt measures to prevent the spread of infection,” the official said. He added that of the over 2,000 cases of swine flu reported by various hospitals in Delhi, around 1,965 involves local residents. While the government data shows only seven deaths due to swine flu in the city, hospitals like Safdarjung and Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) have reported more deaths. Officials said many of these deaths are attributable to co-morbidities.

Medical director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital Kishore Singh said the hospital is well-equipped to handle swine flu cases, with adequate stock of medicines.

Swine flu is a self-limiting viral, air-borne disease spreading from person-to-person via large droplets generated through coughing and sneezing, indirect by touching a contaminated object or surface and close , doctor said. The symptoms are fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, difficulty in breathing. Preventive vaccination is available but doctors say its efficiency is limited.

“We get patients who have got swine flu in spite of preventive vaccination. However, those with weaker immune response and co-morbidities must always get the vaccination to reduce the risk of infection and, in order to have reduced severity in case the viral illness affects them,” said a doctor. Symptoms of swine flu may include body ache, headache, fatigue, chills, diarrhoea and vomiting and blood-stained sputum.

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