The Delhi health department has confirmed two swine flu deaths in the Capital.
Both the patients, with severe co-morbid conditions, had died on Friday and the doctors had suspected the reason to be swine flu.
Both the victims were women aged 50 years and 53 years, who succumbed to the viral disease at Ram Manohar Lohia and Safdarjung hospitals respectively.
With two more confirmed deaths the number of fatalities due to swine flu has gone up to five in the national Capital in January. Apart from this 26 more positive cases were reported on Tuesday, taking the total figure of cases to 287 in January. No death due to swine flu was reported on Tuesday.
“The woman who died at Safdarjung hospital had mitral stenosis with atrial fibrillation (disorder in which the mitral valve does not fully open restricting the flow of blood) along with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and swine flu (H1N1). The patient admitted in RML hospital was suffering from diabetes metabolic acidosis (a condition in which there is too much acid in the body fluids) and H1N1. It led to kidney failure and she was also on haemodialysis,” said Dr RN Das, member of the swine flu expert committee, directorate of health services, Delhi government.
“The two suspected cases had severe co-morbid conditions, hence, H1N1 cannot be definitely labelled as cause of death in these cases,” he added.
Last year 38 cases of swine flu were reported in the entire year. An outbreak of the viral infection in 2009 had infected nearly 6,000 people in Delhi and killed around 100.