A 49-year-old resident of Sector 70, SAS Nagar, succumbed to swine flu on Wednesday. He was being treated at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
The victim was identified as Rajbir Singh, who was admitted to Civil Hospital, Phase VI on Sunday with flu like symptoms. However, his condition kept worsening and he was referred to the PGI on Monday.
So far, four people have been claimed by the H1N1 virus at PGIMER. Earlier, a 35-year-old man from UT village of Khuda Lahora died of the disease on January 19.
Later, two more members from the family were reported to have developed flu like symptoms. However, SAS Nagar health officials said that they were found negative for H1N1.
The first confirmed case of H1N1 in Chandigarh was reported on January 8, a 20 -year-old woman from Sector 42, who had tested positive for the virus.
In 2009, the year which saw the spur of influenza H1N1 cases, the city reported around 350 positive cases at screening centres. Out of these, around 150 were from Chandigarh.
It has been found that health workers are more prone to the swine flu virus. In 2009, 38 doctors and seven nurses from city hospitals were found positive for the disease.
SAS Nagar civil surgeon Neelam Bhardwaj said that the entire family of swine flu victim from sector 70 has been examined and no symptoms of flu have been found in any family member. The civil surgeon added that there was nothing to panic about and the district was prepared for the flu in terms of medicines. Meanwhile, a survey of sector 70 has been conducted and the area sanitised. The victim originally hailed from Kurukshetra and was taken to his native village in Wednesday where he was cremated.
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and after touching your nose, eyes or mouth
* Avoid crowded places
* Keep at least an arm's distance from people affected with
symptoms of influenza like cough, running nose, sneezing and fever.
*Stay at home and avoid social gatherings
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