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Swine Flu in India

CHANDIGARH: The swine flu toll in the region this year - 43 deaths in 38 days cases -- has left many in jitters in Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. The tally of flu positives has risen to 212 since January in the region, which was 131 in 2012. Bewildered by the upsurge, PGI, an apex referral lab of these states, is trying to ascertain the reason behind it.

Hog cholera virus or Swine Fever Virus:

An RNA virus of the genus Pestivirus, in the family Flaviviridae, that causes hog cholera.

Flaviviridae:


A family of enveloped single-stranded positive sense RNA viruses 40–60 mm in diameter formerly classified as the “group B” arboviruses, including yellow fever and dengue viruses; maintained in nature by transmission from arthropod vectors to vertebrate hosts.


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