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Swine flu claims four more
Published on 14 Aug. 2009 12:46 AM IST
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A nine-month-old infant and three women succumbed to swine flu in India, taking the country’s toll to 21 Thursday amid hectic efforts to curb the spread of the contagious virus. Also on Thursday, 90 positive cases were reported from across the country -- Pune reporting a maximum of 43 cases, Mumbai 18, Kolhapur two, Delhi 16, Bangalore nine, Mangalore one, and Gurgaon one - taking the total number of such patients to 1,284 while 694 of them are at various stages of recovery, the health ministry said. The latest victims were nine-month-old Swabhiman Kamble, Archana Kolhe, 37, and Bharati Goyal, 26 - all in the worst-hit city of Pune in Maharashtra - and Rupa, a 26-year-old teacher in Bangalore -- the first swine flu case in Karnataka. Infant Kamble died at the Sahyadri Munot Hospital in Pune late Wednesday, an official said Thursday. The official at the Maharashtra Swine Flu Control Room told IANS the infant was hospitalised early this week with flu-like symptoms. In between, he was also taken for a check-up to the Sassoon Hospital, which has been handling very serious cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection. Kolhe died in a private hospital, Shri Nursing Home, around 3.45 p.m., the Swine Flu Control Room officials said. Goyal died Thursday in Pune’s Sassoon Hospital just before noon. She was on the ventilator in the intensive care unit (ICU), Joint Director (Health Services) P.S. Chavan told IANS. Her test report was received this evening, confirming that she died of swine flu. This was the 16th swine flu death in Maharashtra and 13th in Pune. Two people have died in Mumbai and one in Nashik. In Maharashtra’s neighbouring Karnataka, Rupa died at Bangalore’s St. Philomena Hospital. Her test results, received Thursday, confirmed she died of swine flu. “Her throat and nasal swabs tests have confirmed that the patient was suffering from the influenza A (H1N1) virus,” hospital director Shankar Prasad told reporters Thursday. She was admitted in the hospital Aug 7. With this, India’s swine flu toll has reached 21. Apart from 16 deaths in Maharashtra, one death each has been reported from Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram. Since Reeda Sheikh, 14 -year-old schoolgirl died of swine flu in Pune Aug 3, authorities across the country have been on alert and efforts are on to contain the spread of the virus. At least three cases continue to be critical in the Sassoon Hospital and two in Mumbai’s Hiranandani Hospital, the official said. In a bid to curb the spread of the contagious virus, authorities have ordered cinema halls and multiplexes in Pune to remain shut till Aug 18 and the wholesale flower market till Aug 17. The city’s vegetable market, ordered closed Thursday afternoon, will reopen Friday noon. M’laya H1N1 victim Seventeen-year-old Salvit Tongper, the first victim of the H1N1 strain in Meghalaya, is now in a stable condition, a top medical official said on Thursday. “His condition is improving and he is recuperating in the isolation ward,” Director of Health Services, Dr K H Lakiang said. Dr Lakiang said that out of six persons, whose swabs were being sent to National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata, for medical test, one has tested positive, four negatives, while the test result of Gauranga Paul, who is also admitted to the isolation ward of Shillong Civil Hospital is awaited from the National Institute for Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata. “Paul appears to be normal, but nonetheless doctors are closely-monitoring him,” he told journalists here. Jena Sangma, niece of Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma who “escaped” from the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital in Guwahati on August 10 after landing from Pune with “flu symptoms” is normal. “We have examined her and she is found healthy,” Dr Lakiang said.

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