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3 malaria, 2 flu deaths in city

india Updated: Sep 06, 2009 01:13 IST
HT Correspondents

Two more people succumbed to swine flu in the past 24 hours, taking Mumbai’s death toll of the viral infection to 14.

On Saturday, three more malaria deaths were reported.

In the last two months, 11 Mumbaiites have succumbed to swine flu and 77 to monsoon-related ailments. Malaria alone claimed 44 lives.

Mira-Bhayander resident Urvashi Singh (27), who was pregnant, had first made the rounds of two civic and two private hospitals before finally being admitted to Kasturba Hospital’s isolation ward where she delivered a stillborn baby.

She was shifted to Bombay Hospital on August 25 where she died of acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Andheri resident A Francisca (34), who was on ventilator support at Holy Spirit Hospital since August 9, also died due to the H1N1 virus.

Most of the patients who have died so far developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (breathing failure) and other complications because of their vulnerabilities.

“Singh developed symptoms of fever, cough, breathlessness on August 5, but she was administered Tamiflu on August 10, as till then the drug was given only to confirmed patients,” said Dr Jairaj Thanekar, executive health officer.

On Saturday, four students of BK Birla School at Talegaon Dabhade in Pune, tested positive for swine flu and were admitted to a private hospital. District Collector Chandrakant Dalvi said 17 suspected cases were found in the school.

Vice-principal Pravin KGR said the school has its own medical centre and hospital and they were taking care of their students.