In a major breakthrough in detecting the deadly swine flu virus that killed around 2,000 people in India in an outbreak this year, a key military research centre has developed a kit that can detect the virus in a matter of hours.
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court Wednesday sought a reply from the central and state governments as to what action has been taken by them in compliance of its earlier orders for prevention of swine flu.
In what could be seen as a shocking reality, despite various health and awareness programmes, an estimated 21.8 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines like diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and tetanus, says the World Health Organisation (WHO).
After claiming the lives of close to 2,200 people and affecting another 35,000 across the country, the deadly impact of the H1N1 virus now seems to be on the wane with the onset of summers as doctors predict a further reduction as the mercury goes up.
There seems to be no let-up in the number of swine flu deaths with 18 more people succumbing to the virus in the past two days raising the toll to 2,141 while the number of those affected moved towards the 35,000-mark.
About 65 per cent of persons who died due to Swine Flu at the SMS Hospital and College here this January and February, also had a "high risk factor" involved, they all suffered from other chronic diseases including diabetes, TB, chronic lung disorder, a research has revealed.