Eight new swine flu cases, total in India 153

Last Updated: Tue, Jul 07, 2009 15:30 hrs

Eight new swine flu cases were reported Tuesday in India taking the total number of people infected with the influenza A(H1N1) virus to 153 in the country, the health ministry said.

'So far, 970 people have been tested, of which 153 are positive for Influenza A(H1N1),' a statement issued here said.

An official said of the 970 people tested for swine flu, 290 were identified through entry screening at the 22 international airports.

'Of the 153 positive cases, 106 have been discharged,' the official added.

The eight new cases were reported from Mumbai (2), Delhi (2), Hyderabad (1), and Bangalore (3).

A 66-year-old woman, who had tested positive for the virus last month in Delhi and had developed complications because she had respiratory problems, was discharged Tuesday after she recovered.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Monday said there were 94,512 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection in 135 countries since the outbreak of the virus.

There have been 429 deaths globally, majority from Mexico and the US.

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