Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have the dubious distinction of being the worst states for H1N1 patients in India.
Not only do they have relatively high number of patients, but your chances of making it alive as an H1N1 patient are also the lowest in India in these states.
Other states — Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka — also reported a large number of H1N1 hotspots, but your chances of death as an H1N1 patient are half to one fourth that in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
On a pan-India level, just over 4 out of every 100 patients who got H1N1 in India in 2019 died.
But in Madhya Pradesh, more than 22 out of every 100 patients who got this disease have died this year so far.
The state, which accounted for only 2.5% of the total H1N1 infections in India this year, accounted for 13.6% of the total deaths due to viral infection.
In neighbouring Chhattisgarh, the rate of death is 19.44 for every 100 H1N1 patient in 2019 (see chart above).
In Maharashtra, it is a little over 11 in every 100 patients.
Among the lowest rates of death were reported in Delhi and Tamil Nadu. Delhi, despite being a hotspot of the disease, managed to keep fatalities at just 0.87%.
Other good performers on preventing fatalities included Uttar Pradesh, where the mortality rate was just 1.27%, compared to 11.17% in Maharashtra.
While Maharashtra accounted for only 6.5% of the total H1N1 cases in India this year, it accounted for 17.6% of the total deaths.
Haryana and Telangana too reported low mortality rates among H1N1 patients at 1.5%-1.7%.
This is despite Maharashtra being considered more ‘developed’ than Uttar Pradesh.
RAJASTHAN HARDEST HIT
In terms of infection, Rajasthan was the hardest hit this year so far.
Out of the total 26,140 reported cases of H1N1 infections in India, the desert state accounted for 5,021, or 19.2% of all cases. At 205 deaths, it also accounted for 19.1% of all deaths as well, with a fatality rate of 4.1%.
Gujarat was the second worst hit with 4,772 cases, but the fatality rate here was only 3.1%. Delhi was the third hardest hit wtih 3,573 cases, with a mortality rate of 2.9%.