Oops! Mamata Banerjee Says Mosquito Bites Cause Swine Flu

20/02/2015 8:13 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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KOLKATA, INDIA - FEBRUARY 16: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee flashes victory sign after winning the Bongaon Lok Sabha and Krishnaganj Assembly bypoll elections, on February 16, 2015 in Kolkata, India. Trinamool Congress retained both Bongaon Lok Sabha and Krishnaganj Assembly seats with huge margins in the bypolls. TMC's candidate Mamatabala Thakur secured 5,39,990 votes, her nearest rival CPI(M)'s Debesh Das received 3,28,196 votes. (Photo by Subhankar Chakraborty/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

With five new cases of swine flu detected in the city in the past 24 hours, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her government is working seriously towards controlling the spread of the disease.

"Five new cases of swine flu were detected in the city in the last 24 hours taking the total number to 47," state Health Secretary Moloy Dey said.

Banerjee said, "We are initiating immediate action to arrest the spread of the disease. Humanitarian ground demands this. It is also our social commitment."

"People have to move from one place to another. In many cases it spreads from mosquito bites. We have asked the authorities to keep isolated beds ready to tackle the situation," the chief minister said.

"There is nothing to get panicked, the situation will improve soon. Don't be tense," she said.

The disease has claimed two lives in the state so far.

Director of West Bengal Health Services Biswaranjan Satpathy had earlier said, "All cases of swine flu have been reported from the metropolis," adding that there were no reports of anybody getting infected with the H1N1 virus in the districts.

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