Via The Times of India: Now, state is H1N1's top hunting ground. Excerpt:
Gujarat has achieved the ignominious distinction of being the state with the highest number of swine flu deaths in the country since January 1.
On Saturday, with nine more patients succumbing to the deadly H1N1 virus, the state overtook Rajasthan in total number of deaths from the disease. Gujarat's toll stood at 265 while Rajasthan has recorded 261 deaths.
The total number of swine flu cases in the state has risen to 4,368 but the state government is yet to declare the outbreak of an epidemic.
Meanwhile, in a sudden change of weather, cold winds began blowing through the city on Saturday evening. The weather department has forecast light rains in Gujarat region on Monday and Tuesday. This will only fuel the spread of swine flu in the state, said health experts.
"There would be light rain in parts of Gujarat region on March 2. The weather will start clearing from March 3 onwards," said Jayanta Sarkar, director of IMD, Gujarat. Ahmedabad recorded maximum of 30.4 degree day temperature and 15.4 degree night temperature on Saturday.
On Saturday, Gujarat recorded 206 new cases and nine swine flu deaths. Ahmedabad led with 97 new swine cases and three deaths, followed by Surat which saw 26 new cases and one death. Vadodara saw 10 new swine flu cases, followed by eight new cases in Kutch, Rajkot and Bhavnagar. Gandhinagar, Patan, Sabarkantha recorded six cases each. Banaskantha, Mehsana, Anand, Aravali recorded four cases of swine flu each.