Jaipur: The death toll due to swine flu was at 131, while over 3753 cases were recorded positive from across Rajasthan between January 1 to February 21, stated news agency ANI. As of February 19, as many as 127 people had died of swine flu in the state. 56 new cases were reported Rajasthan on Tuesday, taking the tally of patients to 3,564 in 49 days.

Amongst the fresh cases recorded on Tuesday, Jaipur witnessed the highest number of 18 patients, followed by Udaipur where nine people were tested positive. Six cases were reported in Kota, five in Hanumangarh, four in Baran, three in Jhunjhunu, two cases each from Bikaner and Dausa and one case each from Ajmer, Tonk, Churu, Alwar, Sikar, Pali, and Dungarpur.

Meanwhile, 65 people had succumbed to H1N1 virus in the country last week, pushing the death toll due to swine flu cases this year to 377, according to the Union Health Ministry. The number of those infected by the infection had crossed 12,000.

The data from the ministry added that the highest number of cases (3,508) and fatalities (127) was reported in Rajasthan. Gujarat was placed second on the list with 71 deaths and 1,983 cases. In Delhi, seven people died while 2,278 people were infected by the virus. The data stated that 12,191 people tested positive for H1N1 virus in the country this year till Sunday. Last year, 14,992 cases and 1,103 deaths due to the swine flu were reported.

With swine flu cases rising alarmingly, the Health Ministry has issued an advisory to the state governments to bolster their surveillance for early detection of the disease and keep beds reserved in hospitals to deal with acute cases.

Swine flu is an infection caused by one of the several swine influenza viruses (SIV), with the H1N1 strain being the most common across the country. H1N1 virus spreads when an individual touches an infected person or breathes droplets of coughs that are in the air. The symptoms are the same as the seasonal flu, namely the viral fever.  Cough, sore throat, and body ache are the common symptoms.

(With Agency inputs)