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First swine flu death in city, 2 more test positive

Himabindu Reddy, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, January 31, 2013
First Published: 01:08 IST(31/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:10 IST(31/1/2013)

In an unprecedented spurt in H1N1 cases in the state, Gurgaon reported its first swine flu death this year. Two other positive cases were reported from different hospitals across the city in January. 

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Swine flu claimed the life of a 44-year-old man at Medanta — The Medicity on Monday.

“The patient had come in with respiratory problems and later died of the H1N1 virus,” said an official at the hospital on the condition of anonymity.

However, the Gurgaon health department is yet to confirm the first swine flu death of 2013.

“We will cross-check the samples on Thursday and only then we will confirm. We’ve also administered Tamiflu vaccine to the victim’s family as a precautionary measure,” said Dr Parveen Garg, chief medical officer, Gurgaon district.

On the other hand, two positive cases, one each at Alchemist Hospital and Artemis Health Sciences have been reported in the last one week.

As per the health department, Alchemist Hospital had reported a case wherein a 32-year-old man was treated for swine flu and later quarantined at his residence in the city.

In another case, yet to be confirmed by the health department, a man in his mid-thirties had been admitted with swine flu at Artemis Health Sciences.

“The patient had symptoms similar to that of common flu. He was admitted last week and is recovering. We have kept him in isolation,” said Dr Vishal Sehgal, head of emergency and in-patient services at Artemis Health Sciences.

Meanwhile, doctors say this was not the season for the spread of the H1N1 virus.

“The peak season for the spread of the virus is just before the onset of winter and post winter. Now, it is too cold for the virus to spread. As the disease is highly communicable, the health department officials should try to find out how the virus has spread,” said Dr SP Yadav of Pushpanjali Hospital.

With the increase in viral fever cases in the city, many patients mistake swine flu for common flu or viral fever and indulge in self medication.

“On an average, two to three patients walk into the OPD with symptoms similar to viral fever,” said Dr Lokesh Pant, senior consultant of internal medicine, Alchemist Hospital.   

The Haryana health department registered nine deaths and 31 cases from different parts of the state in January. 

In 2012, six cases of swine flu were reported from Gurgaon with no deaths as compared to 2010, when 90 positive cases were reported with four deaths.


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