Jaipur, Mar 17 (PTI) Five persons have died of swine-flu HINI virus and 18 others tested positive for the disease since January this year in Rajasthan, officials said today.

The five deaths were reported from Nagaur, Jodhpur, Pali, Barmer and Kota districts of the state, they said.

“Out of the 88 suspected cases of swine-flu, 18 persons were found positive in confirmatory tests,” Aditya Atrya, state nodal officer, Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) told PTI.

While winter is receding across the state, the virus is still active, he said.

“The latest casualty is a 39-year-old man in Pali district. He died of the virus on March 15. A retired doctor from Jhalawar had died on February 22 at SMS Hospital,” Chief Medical and Health officer (Jaipur), Narottam Sharma said.

Among those tested positive for the virus, five persons belong to Jaipur, three each to Ajmer and Jodhpur, two to Hanumangarh and one each to Nagaur, Churu, Pali, Kota and Barmer districts.

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