A GRIM reality stared the nation as it watched loss of 10 lives in one day with influenza A (H1N1)spreading to new areas. The nationwide toll now stands at 44.

The swine flu toll in Bangalore doubled to 10 on Thursday, with the death of a 36-year-old woman and the official confirmation that four more people who died at separate city hospitals over the past one week also suffered from H1N1.

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday said Ayurveda and Unani interventions could be used for increasing the immunity to fight various flu-like conditions. These could be adopted by normal healthy persons as well as those with mild symptoms such as cold, cough and body pain.

In a relief for locals living under the threat of swine flu, all the 40 throat swab samples suspected of swine-flu infection were found to be negative today, health department officials said.

Swine flu scare, triggered by the detection of two cases in the State on Saturday, hit normal lives in the capital city of Aizawl with many people wearing masks on the streets since Monday.

COIMBATORE: Nine more persons have tested positive for A (H1N1) influenza in Coimbatore. These include seven girl students of a private school in the city.

Already three girls of this school had tested positive and were said to have been cured.

Of the other two positive results that arrived late on Wednesday, one was a 16-year-old boy and the other a four-year-old girl.

A fresh case of swine flu (H1N1) has been detected in the State. With this, the number of patients infected by the H1N1 virus has gone up to four. Wife of L Rajkumar Singha, a retired Army personnel who was earlier tested positive for the H1N1 virus, today tested positive for the same virus and is undergoing treatment at the Army Hospital, Basistha, official sources stated.

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GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government has invoked the 102-year old Epidemic Diseases Control Act, 1907, to fight swine flu.

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MUMBAI: Screening and isolation of swine flu patients began on Wednesday at some private hospitals that have been allowed by the state government to do so. Private hospitals were also distributing Tamiflu to those who showed symptoms of H1N1, officials said.

Ahmedabad: Gujarat is now the fourth state in the country to invoke the 102-year-old Epidemic Disease Control Act, giving more teeth to the health administration to tackle the swine flu menace. Other states which have already invoked the Act are Maharashtra, Delhi and Haryana.