Jaipur, Jan 10 (IANS) The Rajasthan government on Wednesday issued a swine flu alert after the disease claimed 12 lives in the state since January 1.

The alert comes after 19 people tested positive for swine flu in Rajasthan on Tuesday, with 10 cases reported from Jaipur.

According to health department officials, strict instructions have been given to the employees for a thorough screening in and around patients' residences.

Two people who succumbed to in Jaipur included a 76-year-old person who died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital on Tuesday.

A medical officer said on the condition of anonymity that there were half a dozen deaths reported in the state on Tuesday.

Two additional counters have been set up at the SMS Hospital to tackle the outbreak. A total of 230 persons have been diagnosed with swine flu this year.

--IANS

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