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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Two persons from Odisha have been tested positive for highly contagious H1N1 virus infection also called as Swine Flu. 

While one of them is a 38-year-old man, the other is a 28-year woman. Both of them are undergoing treatment at a private hospital and their health condition is stable, said the Health department. 

But surprisingly, both the patients don’t have any recent travel history.

“Usually the State witnesses two peaks of Swine flu—one before the monsoon and another in winter season. However, there is nothing to panic. The government is fully prepared to meet any kind of eventualities arising out of the situation,” said State Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra.

Swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus infection, is a strain of an influenza virus that causes symptoms similar to the regular flu. It made headlines in 2009 when it was first discovered in humans and became a pandemic. Like other strains of the flu, H1N1 is highly contagious, allowing it to spread quickly from person to person. A simple sneeze can cause thousands of germs to spread through the air. The virus can linger on tables and surface areas like door knobs, waiting to be picked up.

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