Swine flu claims one more life

53-year-old woman dies in Mumbai

The patient was Fahmida Panwala of Jogeshwari in Mumbai's north-western suburb.

Although the cause of her death was not officially declared, she had tested positive to H1N1 virus on Saturday after a swab test and died later in the day at the government-run Kasturba hospital, the hospital’s chief medical superintendent Umesh Aigal said.

Fahmida was being treated at a private nursing home in Jogeshwari for the past four days for “diabetes and hypertension,” state additional chief secretary (health) Sharvari Gokhale said.

The patient had shown swine flu symptoms three days back and her condition did not improve. On Friday, she was admitted  to Lilavati Hospital by her relatives in a critical condition. However, her condition worsened and within three to four hours she was rushed to Kasturba Hospital the same evening. Fahmida’s swab sample was sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) on Friday night itself. The report came in on Saturday which confirmed that the patient was suffering from swine flu.

Doctors said Fahmida was having high fever for over a week and she was administered Tamiflu tablets even before she was confirmed swine flu positive. However, when she was admitted to Kasturba Hospital, she was already in a critical condition and the doctors could not do much to save her.

In addition, diabetes and hypertension complicated Fahmida’s condition and swine flu acted “very fast” in that situation. She died on Saturday evening, Gokhale said.

Kasturba is one of the seven government-run hospitals designated for swine flu treatment.

Municipal commissioner Jairaj Pathak also could not confirm the cause of the death.
On Monday, the 14-year-old Rida Shaikh, who died in a Pune hospital, had become the first swine flu victim in the country.

Meanwhile, swine flu is spreading fast in Pune as 46 patients infected by the H1N1 virus were detected on Saturday alone, taking the total number of persons suffering from the disease to 204. On Friday, 40 persons had tested H1N1 positive in the city.

Of 46 cases detected on Saturday, 25 patients were admitted to Naidu hospital and 21 in Aundh hospital of Pune, swine flu control head Pradeep Awate said. In Mumbai 16 patients tested H1N1 positive.

No let-up
* 14 more cases in Delhi
* 6-year-old in ICU in Pune
* WB govt sounds red alert after a doc shows flu symptoms
* Suspected H1N1 patient escapes from Lucknow hospital

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