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Third swine flu death in the capital

delhi Updated: Aug 25, 2009 14:18 IST

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The city on Tuesday reported its third swine flu death when a 44-year-old resident of Faridabad, undergoing treatment at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi, succumbed to the viral infection.

"The patient, who passed away this morning, tested positive for swine flu virus," N K Chaturvedi, medical superintendent, RML hospital said adding, "This is the third case of death due to swine flu in Delhi."

"Her condition was very critical from the day she was admitted to the hospital. She had suffered three cardiac arrests and her BP could not be maintained at the normal level despite medication," he said.

Usha Jain was admitted to the hospital on August 21 with symptoms of fever, breathlessness and joint pain, he said.

"She had not undergone any medication even after eight days of showing symptoms. She went to a private hospital for medication and that too at the last minute when her condition had worsened," Chaturvedi said.

Immediately after being admitted she was shifted to the ICU and put on a ventilator.

A few days back, two deaths due to H1N1 virus were reported in New Delhi last week. While 38-year-old woman, Renu Gupta, resident of Gurgaon was the first case of death due to swine flu in the city on August 20, 31-year-old man, Samrat Pandeya, a resident of Panchsheel Park, died the next day.