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India Struggles to Contain H1N1 Outbreak as Death Toll Hits 700

People wait outside an H1N1 Influenza screening center at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi, India on Feb. 18, 2015.

People wait outside an H1N1 Influenza screening center at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi, India on Feb. 18, 2015.

Photographer: Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

India is urging its states to ensure sufficient supply of anti-flu medication and diagnostic tests as it struggles to curb an outbreak of H1N1 influenza that’s killed more than 700 people in the last eight weeks.

The government said on Thursday that there’s no shortage of the medicines to treat the ailment, after news reports from Jammu & Kashmir in the north to Mumbai in the west said that private chemists were running out of the drug as customers rushed to stockpile supplies. The outbreak has so far sickened more than 11,000 people, and killed 703, the Press Trust of India reported on Thursday.