A third swine flu death has been reported in the city, a 30 year old woman died due to swine flu after she succumbed to an infection. Originally from Allahabad, she was resided in Bhandup since the last month. BMC has urged people to not panic and seek medical help immediately after observing the symptoms.
The patient was also a suffered from bronchial asthma. She had additional symptoms of chest pain, vomiting and breathlessness. She was admitted to Sion Hospital on Saturday, May 13 and was on Tamiflu medication. But she passed away on Tuesday, May 16.
“I request people not to get worried. BMC is taking all precautionary measures. As soon as you have fever visit your doctor. And do not self-medicate or ignore any changes in your health,” said Dr Padmaja Keskar, Executive Health Officer, BMC.
BMC immediately surveyed Bhandup to identify possibilities of other such cases. 2,026 people were checked and among them 3 patients were having fever. Treatment was given to them to avoid further implications. Currently the area is under surveillance for 10 days.
Since January to May 18, 37 cases of H1N1 have been detected in Mumbai.
As far as Pune city is concern the virus has claimed 54 lives until now. So far 279 cases have been positive in Pune. Officials from the PMC heath department have confirmed one death on Monday in the city.
Dr S T Pardeshi, Chief Medical officer of PMC, said, “We are taking all the precautionary measures. People should avoid going to crowded areas.”
Jayant Nawrange, Pediatrician from Pune and former President of IMA, Pune, said, “The virus is known to mutate fast and the vaccine cannot provide enough protection as the virus is mutating fast. Influenza is difficult to control as it is a respiratory disease in nature. Once it starts destructing lungs, the treatment also becomes difficult. Also medicines should be given within 48 hours, but the symptoms of H1H1 and normal flu are mostly similar and so it is tough to detect. Last week I had ordered some vaccinations but there a shortage of vaccination for now.”
In case of Maharashtra 1,058 swine flu cases were detected so far since January and 210 deaths. Among this 752 patients have been discharged and 96 are still under observation in hospitals. Whereas 8 patients are on ventilator and 27,754 have been vaccinated.