South Asia

Swine flu claims 21 lives in West Nepal

At least 3 persons including a 2-year old child succumbed to swine flu on Friday in Nepal, taking the toll of the deadly disease to 21, over the past three weeks in the country’s mid-western region.

Three more persons infected with H1N1 virus have died on Friday in the district, according to the District Public Health Office.

Those who succumbed to the disease include two elderly people and a two year old child, said the officials.

They died while undergoing treatment at the local health post.

There was no information about the exact situation in the first two weeks of the spread of the disease and the local health personnel had reported that the district was gripped by an unknown disease.

Due to the lack of adequate health facilities and lack of medical personnel, the patients could not receive treatment on time.

Some 2,000 people, who have fallen ill, were admitted to the local health posts for treatment.

The authorities have sounded alarm in the neighbouring districts after the death of nearly two dozen people due to the epidemic in the district.

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