In a major development, the menace of swine flu claimed as many as five deaths in Hyderabad.
The deaths have come about over past fortnight.
It emerged that the cases of swine flu are increasing in the city, also confirmed by local medical sources.
It was informed that so far five persons have died due to swine flu and two patients were admitted in Osmania General Hospital and they died while undergoing treatment for swine flu.
Swine flu is an infection caused by one of several Swine Influenza Viruses (SIV), with the H1N1 strain being the most common in India and Telangana.
The H1N1 virus spreads when an individual touches an infected surface or breathes droplets of coughs and sneezes that are in the air.
The symptoms are the same as the seasonal flu, also known as viral fever.
They include cough, sore throat, and body aches.
Young children, pregnant women, and older adults are more likely to develop complications.>