islamabad - Three more people have fallen prey to swine flu here yesterday. According to health ministry, as many as three people have been died of the disease so far while more than 13 have been shifted to the hospital. The Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) has formed an isolation ward comprised of two beds in the hospital where the patients are under proper treatment. The ministry stated that samples from Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Multan have been received over a suspicion of swine flu .

Earlier, five more patients affected by swine flu virus were shifted to Nishtar Hospital, Multan on Wednesday, raising the number of patients affected by the virus to 24. Swine flu virus mostly attacks weaker and less-immune people. In 2009-10, the H1N1 swine flu pandemic spread from central Mexico to other countries including India, killing an estimated 284,000 people.

, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.