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Swine flu sweeps through Punjab as 13 fall prey

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LAHORE - Swine flu is sweeping through Punjab as one more fell prey to the disease on Sunday taking the death toll to 13 in the province.

At least 54 people have been affected throughout the province by the illness until now while 100 cases have been reported. A woman named Yasmeen died on Sunday due to the disease whereas the number of patients affected by the disease has reached 14 in the metropolis.

Overall, five deaths have been reported in Rawalpindi, four in Multan while a single death has been reported each in the cities of Lahore, Chakwal, Gujranwala and Sahiwal.

Adviser on health issues Khawaja Salman Rafique has stated that every effort is being put in to contain the flu and preparations for battling the disease have been completed.

On the other hand, five cases have also been confirmed in Karachi. Swine flu, also known as H1N1 in medical terms, is a disease that spreads through contact with a sufferer, when shaking hands, aerially or using a utensil which had earlier been in contact with a patient of the disease. 

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