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Two more swine flu deaths

Two more people have succumbed to the swine flu virus in the national Capital, taking the total number of deaths in Delhi this season to five. The total number of swine flu cases has gone up to 38. HT reports

delhi Updated: Jul 23, 2010 23:20 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

Two more people have succumbed to the swine flu virus in the national Capital, taking the total number of deaths in Delhi this season to five. The total number of swine flu cases has gone up to 38.

“There have been five swine flu deaths in Delhi but only three of them were Delhi residents. Among the others, one who died at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital was from Bihar and the second was a young child referred to us from a Ghaziabad hospital,” said Dr Debashish Bhattacharya, Delhi government appointed nodal officer for swine flu.

“No new cases were reported today but till yesterday the total count of swine flu patients was 38 cases,” he said.

“The situation is not that bad. Those dying are people with underlying conditions like renal problems or heart disease,” he added.

The latest victim to the H1N1 Influenza A virus was a 45 year old woman who breathed her last at Safdarjung Hospital on Friday afternoon.

A 40 year old man died at Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research on July 15 but his reports confirming that he had succumbed to swine flu came only on Friday.

State Health officials, who were relaxed till June 10 this year as no cases were reported in the summer months, are beginning to gear up to tackle the H1N1 virus.

“The health department is better prepared than last year when the virus first struck. All our hospitals are well equipped to handle any kind of situation,” said Kiran Walia, Delhi health minister.

“There is nothing to panic. We have started our tracking exercises, where we are giving preventive fluvir doses to suspected cases,” she added.

Dr Bhattacharya said, “Ever since the monsoon hit Delhi, there is lot of humidity in the air, which makes the environment conducive to the growth of this virus.”