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Nearly 27 individuals have tested positive for H1N1 in Telangana and are currently under treatment at the Gandhi Hospital while 35 others are under observation for suspected swine flu.

The coordinator for swine flu, Dr. K. Narasimhulu, informed PTI about four fresh swine flu cases from different hospitals on Tuesday.

Narasimhulu said that 23 patients were already under treatment for swine flu at the Gandhi Hospital while four more patients were brought in today. In addition to this, 35 swine flu suspected cases have been kept under observation, which includes 10 children.

Since 1 January, seven people have lost their lives due to the viral infection in Telangana.

The Times of India reported earlier that after three swine flu deaths startled the state, the Telangana government tried keeping the death of the fourth patient, a 30-year-old central government employee, under wraps.

Doctors are looking at the increasing number of swine flu cases as a major health emergency in the state. They say that the infection is communicable and if the government does not take measures to stop the spread of swine flu, then the people of the city may face a major health threat.

However, Telangana's deputy CM Dr. T. Rajaiah, who is also the health minister of the state, has requested the people of the state not to panic about the infection as it is curable and good treatment is easily accessible.

The health officers of Telangana said that the swine flu infection is not as massive as it was in 2009 but people suffering from serious illnesses and low immunity needed to be cautious in order to prevent the further spread of the infection.

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