Six more swine flu victims die in MP, toll reaches over 123

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Indore
  • Updated: Feb 24, 2015 17:57 IST

With over half a dozen people dying from swine flu in the state on Monday, the death toll in MP has reached over 123 since January this year and the number of positive cases has gone beyond 545.

Everyday around 75,000 suspected patients are being examined at 455 screening centres across 51 districts, said officials in the health department. With three more casualties in Indore on Monday, confirmed death toll in the district has shot up to 48.

The three deceased included a pregnant woman who was admitted at the Maharaja Yeshwantrao (MY) Hospital.

The 28-year-old pregnant woman, who was from Nagda and a boy from Indore, were suspected cases of H1N1. The third deceased, a 40-year-old man from Indira Nagar, Indore was a confirmed case of H1N1.

However, with these three deaths, suspected deaths from H1N1 have reached 80 in the district.

With four new patients being admitted to MY Hospital on Monday, 31 patients are being treated in the isolation ward of the hospital. In Bhopal, the health officials confirmed the detection of 15 new swine flu positive cases.

A woman died on Sunday night and a 39-year- old man died both at Chirayu Hospital on Monday.

Chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Dr Veena Sinha said 42 fresh samples were sent to the labs at AIIMS Bhopal and Gwalior.

"With AIIMS starting the testing facility from Sunday, we have stopped sending samples to Jabalpur," she said.

She added that the confirmed death toll since January 1 in Bhopal district had reached 29 and total positive cases crossed 260.

Medical superintendent AIIMS, Bhopal, Dr KC Tamaria said of the 46 samples sent to it on Sunday, four had tested positive. "On Monday, 33 samples have been sent to us by government hospitals in Bhopal," he said.

Dr Tamaria said they were happy to provide test facility.

In Gwalior, four fresh cases were reported, taking the total figure of positive cases since January 1 to 43.

On Sunday, a middle-aged woman from Morena died of H1N1, taking the confirmed death toll due to swine flu in the district to 8.

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