MULTAN - Two more people died of seasonal influenza, taking the death toll from the disease to 29 during the past about 40 days.

A woman, hailing from Layyah, and a man from Multan succumbed to the disease in Nishtar Hospital, health department spokesman Dr Ata said. The hospital sources said that 109 people have tested positive for the flu since December 15, 2017.

The epidemic has severely affected South Punjab.

On Friday, a spokesperson for the Multan health department had informed that 35 people in total have died of seasonal influenza in the past one month in Multan, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalpur.

Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif has already taken notice of the spread of influenza and directed the authorities concerned to take all possible measures for its prevention.

He also advised them to organise awareness campaigns regarding the illness.

According to health experts, seasonal influenza can spread through contact with the bacteria discharged by an infected person's coughing and sneezing.

Pregnant women, senior citizens, and children are at higher risk of catching the virus.