H1N1: Two more deaths reported


While a 41-year old woman admitted in a private hospital on October 16, expired on the same day, a 34-year-old passed away on November 19 after being in a private hospital for ten days.

Both the patients were suffering from chronic inflammatory diseases along with diabetes and renal complications. In fact, one of the patients’ was also diagnosed with bi-lateral pneumonia.

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD), one of the first hospitals to have started screening H1N1 patients, have recently started receiving more patients for H1N1 Influenza.
Dr Shashidhar Buggi, Director of RGICD, said that there has been a slight increase in the number of patients visiting the hospital for screening. "A month ago, we used to receive three to four patients a day for screening but since a week, we are getting 20-25 suspected case everyday. On Saturday itself, we received 25 patients for screening," he said.
However, the percentage of patients testing positive remain the same said Dr V Ravi, head of Neurovirology at Nimhans.

"We receive 30-40 samples a day and nearly 18 to 22 per cent of the samples test positive. The percentage has remained the same since the last two months. However, we are expecting the number of positive cases to increase in the coming days," he said.

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