Swine flu claimed its first victim in Himachal Pradesh today with a 55-year-old woman succumbing to the fever while 29 persons tested positive for the disease in faraway Tamil Nadu.
The woman who died at Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla was referred to the hospital from Sarkaghat in Mandi district after she complained of fever and cough and tested positive for H1N1, Medical Superintendent Dr KS Rana said.
"She was brought here at a very late stage when the lungs normally get affected and could not be saved" he added.
This was the first case of swine flu and first casualty in the state and as a precaution, all cases of fever and cough are being tested for swine flu virus, he added.
As a precaution, the State Surveillance unit has already sounded an alert in the state and directions have been issued to all the Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) and Medical Colleges to remain vigilant and test all influenza like cases for swine flu.
Meanwhile, sources in IGMC said five samples were tested for swine flu on Friday but they tested negative.