The swine flu toll in Orissa rose to five on Tuesday with the state health department confirming the death of a tax officer due to the H1N1 virus.
Joint commissioner of the state commercial taxes department, Harihara Sethi, 55, died at a private hospital at Bhubaneswar on Tuesday, a senior state health official told IANS.
He tested positive Aug 6.
At least five more patients who tested positive for swine flu during the past three weeks are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in Bhubaneswar and its nearby Cuttack, the official said.
The condition of all the patients is stable, he added.