Hyderabad: As many as 61 people have died due to swine flu in Telangana so far this year, while over 1,700 have tested positive for the H1N1 virus.

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1,700 have tested positive for H1N1 virus in Telangana. Representation pic only

“This year from January 1 till March 6, 5,419 samples have been tested, of which 1,731 were found positive. The number of deaths due to swine flu and other complications as on date is 61,” a bulletin on swine flu issued by state government said. “The number of positive cases reported in the last six days (from March 1-6) is 56, 63, 26, 42, 51 and 32,” it said.

Meanwhile, the government has advised citizens to take precautions such as reporting to hospital on appearance of early symptoms like high fever, sneezing, cough and body pain. Sufficient stock of medicines is available at all district and area hospitals in the state and ample testing kits are also available, it added.

Homeopathy doctors have advised that people can also take homeo medicine as a preventive measure under guidance of a homeopathy medico.