Daily Editorial Cloze Test Quiz – 15

Editorial Cloze Test Quiz

So far this year, 12,500 people have been infected with the influenza A (H1N1) virus, of which 600 have _____(1)_______. According to official data, Maharashtra alone has ________(2)_______284 deaths, which by itself is much more than the total mortality figure of 265 in the country as a result of H1N1 in 2016. Even in the first three months of 2017, the number of cases and deaths were fairly high, at over 6,000 and 160, respectively. Maharashtra could have recorded the highest number of cases and deaths ______(3)_______by the H1N1 virus because of better awareness and a relatively more robust surveillance system. But there is every possibility of a spike in the number of cases in the coming months with cooler temperatures setting in and winter still months away. Though the incidence of H1N1 is likely to be less than in 2015, ______(4)_______the death toll was about 3,000, the steady toll being taken by “swine flu” is a big cause for concern. The whole genome sequencing carried out at Pune’s National Institute of Virology has confirmed that the virus has not undergone any significant mutation to make it more virulent. The virus has undergone point mutations, which is normal and reflects its evolution, but this has no correlation with virulence whatsoever. For instance, the California strain had been circulating around the world since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. But as a result of point mutations, a new strain — the Michigan strain — emerged last year. India witnessed the circulation of both the California and Michigan strains in 2016. This year, surveillance _____(5)______that the H1N1 virus found in India is only the Michigan strain.


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