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Indian swine flu deaths top 100

A girl at a swine flu testing facility in Delhi
There are more than 2,400 cases of the H1N1 flu strain in India

The number of people to die of swine flu in India has crossed 100, health officials say.

The new deaths have been reported from the states of Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and the worst-hit Maharashtra state.

Deaths have now been reported in at least eight Indian cities, with the death toll highest in the city of Pune.

There are nearly 4,000 cases of the H1N1 virus in India. Some schools have closed temporarily because of the outbreak of the disease.

Reports say some 15 patients are undergoing treatment for the flu in various hospitals in Pune, where 31 people have died of the infection.

Maharashtra state has recorded the highest number of deaths (48) followed by Tamil Nadu (15) and capital Delhi (12), the reports say.

Last month, colleges and cinemas in Mumbai were temporarily closed because of fears about the spread of flu.

The virus is thought to have killed more than 1,700 people around the world.

On Monday, Bangladesh reported its first fatality.

The swine flu (H1N1) virus first emerged in Mexico in April and has since spread to many countries.

Many of India's confirmed cases of swine flu have been among people who have returned from overseas travel.

Passenger screening has been introduced across India's main 22 international airports.



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