The national death toll from swine flu rose to 11 on Tuesday.
Pune registered its fifth swine flu fatality. Shruti Gawade, 13, on ventilator support since August 7, passed away at Sassoon Hospital.
The National Centre for Disease Control said the “virus is moving freely in the city”. In the 24 hours till Tuesday, Pune had registered 73 more cases.
Nine patients were critical. “Of these, Sanjay Mistry’s (35) health is deteriorating,” said Sassoon Resident Medical Officer Deepa Lad.
In Ahmedabad, seven-year-old Arya Burade succumbed to swine flu in the Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad Hospital. Arya was admitted to the hospital on August 7 with fever.
This was Gujarat’s second swine flu death. Ahmedabad’s Pravin Patel, 43, who returned from the US, died on Sunday.
In Mumbai, Saeeda Abdul Dhorajiwala (62), a resident of Mumbra in Thane district, died at Noor hospital on Monday morning win New Delhi she was being treated for heart disease and diabetes. Her swine flu test result, which arrived at Kasturba Hospital shortly after her death, was positive.
Late Tuesday, Kerala’s Health Minister T.K. Shrimati confirmed the death of a 33-year man in Thiruvanthapuram.
National Institute of Virology Director A.C. Mishra blamed Pune’s susceptibility to swine flu on the climate. “It’s neither too hot nor too cold. This is conducive for the virus’ survival.”
Scared by the epidemic, students from outside Pune are returning to their hometowns. Some, fear health officials, could be carrying the H1N1 virus back home. Pune, an education hub, has two lakh students.
Akanshi, a 22-year-old management student, is one such carrier. She returned to Jammu a few days back and was on Tuesday tested positive at the Government Medical College Hospital. This is the first swine flu case in Jammu and Kashmir.
A 17-year-old footballer tested positive for the swine flu virus in Meghalaya on Tuesday.
“Salwit Tongper had gone to the UK to play football. He was admitted to a city hospital on August 5 on suspicion of contracting the H1N1 virus. The National Institute for Cholera and Enteric Diseases confirmed on Tuesday that he has contracted swine flu,” Meghalaya director of health services K.H. Lakiang told HT.
inputs from Mumbai, Jammu, Vadodara, Hyderabad , Guwahati