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india Updated: Aug 10, 2009 01:03 IST
Yogesh Joshi

Three more patients continued to be “most critical” on Sunday as this city registered its second swine flu death after 42-year-old teacher Sanjay Kokare died at Sassoon Hospital.

Kokare, a resident of Kedgaon village in Pune district, succumbed after Saturday midnight after remaining critical for six hours.

This is the second swine flu death in the city following 14-year-old student Rida Shaikh’s death on August 3.

The infection is spreading in the city, with 42 fresh cases being reported on Sunday, taking the total to 202.

Ashok Laddha, additional director (health), said, “Kokare initially took treatment at a private hospital and was then referred to Sassoon, following severe swine flu symptoms. His swabs were tested positive by Saturday, just a few hours before he died.”

The health authorities have begun searching for 12 persons who reportedly came in contact with Kokare in the last four days.

At Sassoon, Chandrabhaga Sasane (52), was admitted to the hospital on Saturday night following acute respiratory distress syndrome, along with 35-year-old ayurveda practitioner Balasaheb Mane.

Sasane is a swine flu suspect and her swab results are awaited while Mane, who is H1N1 positive, has been put on ventilator at Sassoon’s intensive care unit (ICU). “We are expecting Mane’s swab results any time from now,” said resident medical officer Deepa Lad.

Two more patients —chemist Sanjay Tilekar and 13-year-old girl Shruti Gawade — have also been kept on ventilators at Sassoon even though they were stable by Sunday evening.

The most worrying factor was that the virus has entered rural areas too. Besides Kokare, a 12 year-old boy from Shirwal village tested positive.