With two new swine flu deaths being reported in Karnataka, the death toll due to the H1N1 virus in the state has reached 108, a health official said here on Friday.

While a 40-year-old man died at a government hospital in Bangalore on Oct 5, the second victim is a 25-year-old woman who died at a private hospital in Gadag on Oct 6. Reports confirming that both the victims had tested positive for the virus were received only on Oct 8, a health official said. “According to our clinical audit, the delay in treatment is one of the main causes of the large number of swine flu deaths in the state,” principal secretary for health I.R. Perumal told IANS. “People should immediately check with doctors if any swine flu like symptoms is noticed in a person,” he added.

Of the 108 swine flu deaths, 72 were registered in Bangalore. On Thursday, there were 13 fresh cases of H1N1 influenza - 12 from Bangalore and one from Belgaum. With this, the number of positive cases in the state has reached 1,137.

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