Two girls, aged two months and 12 years, who tested positive for swine flu, have in Mumbai but the Municipal Corporation said that swine flu was not the only cause of death.
“Swine flu may not be the sole cause of their death as both were suffering from various complications and had lots of immunity-related problems,” BMC Health Officer J Thanekar said. The two died on Friday night.
Rizwana Ansari, the two months old from Byculla had severe bacterial pneumonia and Ankita Nagarkar, the 12-year- old girl from Marol, had chronic asthma and tuberculosis, Thanekar said.
Rizwana had cold and cough for nearly 15 days, and fever for the last seven days and was admitted to Nair Hospital on August 13 and immediately given Tamiflu, an official said.
Her throat swab tested positive for H1N1, the official said. Ankita had fever for last 10 days. She first went to a private doctor and was later admitted to BMC’s Kasturba Hospital on August 18.
“Both the children tested positive for H1N1, but we cannot rule out other complications,” Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said.
A 37-year-old woman from Kandivali who died on August 20 had also tested positive for H1N1 but her test report came only yesterday.
She had went to Kasturba Hospital on August 10, where her throat swab was taken, but she was not admitted then, the official said.