With the death of three more persons including two minor girls due to swine flu reported in Maharashtra, the toll of the H1N1 virus rose to 34 on Saturday.
“The death toll climbed to 34 in the state including 20 from Pune, seven Mumbai, four Nashik and one patient each from Dhule, Aurangabad and Latur,” additional chief secretary (Health) Sharwaree Gokhale told reporters in Mumbai on Saturday.
As many as 95 fresh cases of swine flu have been reported.
Despite completing course of Tamiflu, three patients from Mumbai died on Friday. “A two-month-old baby, a 12 years old girl and 37 years old woman were given Tamiflu and completed the course. However, they had other complications,” Gokhale said.
The baby had a history of cough, cold and fever for 15 days before she was admitted to Kasturba hospital. The girl was taking treatment for six days on fever from a private doctor and had chronic asthma. Her platelet count was also low, the secretary said.
Altogether 10 people are on ventilator in the state, eight of them in Pune and remaining in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the government has also opened screening centres in rural parts of Pune, Satara, Ahmednagar, Nashik and Thane, as a precautionary measure, Gokhale said and advised the people to avoid rush during festival season.