Swine flu toll climbs to six in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar, Aug 11 (IANS) An epidemic of swine flu on Friday claimed two more lives in Odisha, taking the toll in the state to six, officials said.

One person each died at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla, said a health official.

The two were identified as Bijay Sahoo of Tirtol in Jagatsinghpur district and Jalandhar Meher of Bargarh.

Also, swab samples of a doctor working at the orthopaedic department in Capital Hospital here and a junior doctor of SCB Medical College and Hospital were found positive for the vector-borne disease, the official said.

So far, 84 patients have tested positive for the disease in the state, with 13 cases reported on Thursday.

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