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Swine flu tightens grip on IT city, 2 more dead

india Updated: Aug 17, 2009 00:29 IST

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Swine flu has claimed two more lives — both women aged 27 — in the country’s IT hub, pushing up the statewide toll to five, health officials said on Sunday.

Shamshad Begum and Shilpa Hegde fell prey to the disease at different hospitals in Bangalore on Saturday night, with their test reports confirming H1N1 status, officials said.

Besides Bangalore, one person each has died due to the viral disease in Ahmedabad, Nashik, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Raipur and Bilapur and two each in Mumbai and Vadodara.

Sixty-four persons across Maharshtra were tested positive, even as only one patient became critical since Saturday morning, an official said.

In Pune, which is the epicentre of the outbreak with the maximum number of deaths, two more patients tested positive for the virus taking the total to 304.

Health officials said people continued to turn up in large numbers for testing at screening centres setup in various hospitals.

As many as 27 suspected flu patients, including one tested positive for H1N1 and six women, were admitted to Nashik Civil Hospital’s isolation ward and their condition was improving, health officials said.

The situation in West Bengal, too, looked grim, as seven more people tested positive for the virus on Sunday.

Of the seven fresh cases, a three-member family has been kept in ‘home quarantine’ in North 24-Parganas district, the nodal officer in-charge of swine flu information, Tapas Sen, said.

A boy, Akash Chaudhury, who tested positive, was in a serious condition, Sen said.

In Meghalya, four more persons tested positive, while in Kerala two persons, including a doctor working at a naval hospital, tested positive.