Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: A five-year-old girl Alisha, is the youngest victim of the deadly swine flu virus. The girl died of swine flu in New Delhi taking the total number of deaths due to H1N1 virus to 10.
Alisha died on February 13 at Hindu Rao hospital in the national capital, but the case was reported on February 26, according to the Directorate of Health Services.
The city currently has 2,708 cases of swine flu with 137 fresh cases reported.
Meanwhile, swine flu has claimed 39 more lives as the death toll reached closer to the 1000 mark while the number of people affected with the H1N1 virus across the country crossed 17,000 on Thursday.
Fresh cases were reported from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Nagaland and Bihar among other states.
The government meanwhile asserted it is "very serious" on combating the challenge and asked people not to panic but be alert as necessary arrangements are in place to deal with the situation.
Health Minister J P Nadda also termed the recent imposition of prohibitory orders disallowing gatherings in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat to prevent swine flu as a "precautionary" measure and a "strategy to control"
Also, the Health Ministry has recommended vaccination for healthcare workers.
Swine flu carrier, the H1N1 influenza virus, is prone to appear in winter months. It is characterised by throat problems, body ache and respiratory complications.
(With Agency inputs)