A superintendent of police in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday died of respiratory disorder and doctors are awaiting his culture report to ascertain whether his death was due to swine flu.
"The patient was admitted in our hospital in a critical condition as he suffered from respiratory related disorder," Dr SS Soodan, director ASCCMS&H Jammu told PTI.
The deceased, Sunil Gupta was SP (administration) at the Zonal Police Head quarter, Jammu.
When asked if it was a case of swine flu he said "Nothing can be ruled out right now as the culture report of the deceased is still awaited."
He said that before being shifted to ASCCMS&H Jammu Gupta was admitted at the police hospital, "The case history was just five days old and he died because of ARDS which is a respiratory related disorder. We can only confirm whether the death is related to swine flu only after we get the culture report of the patient."
"Gupta died in the hospital on Thursday, doctors are yet to confirm the cause of the death," SSP Jammu Uttam Chand said.
In Kashmir valley two patients infected with H1N1 virus have died while over 70 persons have tested positive and are undergoing treatment.
"There have been two deaths so far of the patients who were infected with the H1N1 virus and 71 more patients have tested positive for the virus and are undergoing treatment," director, Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Showkat Zargar said.