India, U.S. researchers clash over swine flu strain mutation

March 13, 2015 7:34 AM

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India, U.S. researchers clash over swine flu strain mutation

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has disputed U.S. scientists' findings that the deadly swine flu virus has acquired more virulent mutations in the South Asian country and rejected their concerns over how authorities are monitoring an outbreak of the disease.

H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu, has killed more than 1,500 people in India this year, compared with 218 in 2014. India says the strain is the same as the one that killed an estimated 284,000 people in the global pandemic of 2009-10.

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