The swine flu toll in Odisha today rose to six with two persons succumbing to the disease in the state, official sources said.
After taking a review meeting here, Health Secretary P.K. Meherda assured that the government is taking all possible steps to tackle swine flu and dengue outbreak in the state.
Meanwhile, the authorities of the Health department are mulling to administer vaccine to medicos and medical staff deployed at the swine flu ward in hospitals after two doctors tested positive for swine flu. More than 100 people have been affected by swine flu, while around 370 people are suffering from dengue.
While swine flu has so far claimed the lives of eight people, two others have fallen prey to dengue, Meherda said.
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So far, 84 patients have tested positive for the disease in the state, with 13 cases reported on Thursday.
The number is far less than past year when eight people had died of dengue while almost 4,000 positive cases were reported, he added.
Around 70 per cent of the dengue cases this year have contracted infection from other states, said Meherda.
He advised people to avoid self-medication and to wash hands at regular intervals since the disease was contagious. No patient from the district has been found swine flu positive so far, he said.