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    A Swiss Woman died on Thursday of swine flu during her trip to India, where the country is struggling against an outbreak that has killed more than 400 this year already.

    According to an official, the 70-year-old woman from Switzerland died of swine flu at a hospital in Jodfpur after she fell ill and complained of flu-like symptoms. She was immediately transferred to a private hospital, where she was placed on a ventilator.

    "She died in hospital. She tested positive for the H1N1 virus,"  the chief medical officer for the Rajasthani city of Jodhpur Y. S. Rathore said. Her body has been kept in a morgue.

    The India's health ministry said Wednesday more than 5 000 cases have been detected and 407 people had died of swine flu since the start of 2015. Meanwhile, in the state of Gujarat panicked patients have been queueing outside hospitals for screening and in Rajasthan, where 117 people have died, the authorities cancelled all leave for doctors. Furthermore, as a measure to prevent the spreading of disease, the medical staff working with affected patients were vaccinated.

    Swine flu is caused by the H1N1 virus whose symptoms are similar to influenza's like high fever, muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain and internal and external bleeding. Primarily, it is transmitted from ticks and livestock animals with an incubation period of up to nine days.


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