A 60-year-old man being treated for suspected swine flu died in Indore on Tuesday while a girl died hours after she was delivered by a woman in Gwalior who had tested positive for the H1N1 virus, officials said.
Suman, 22, was being treated in the isolation ward of JA Hospital in Gwalior after she tested positive for swine flu, which has claimed nearly 20 lives across Madhya Pradesh this year.
Blood samples of her daughter, who died on Tuesday morning, were sent to the Defense Research and Development Establishment laboratory to confirm whether the newborn had contracted the virus from the mother, said child specialist Dr Ravi Amble. He attributed the baby’s death to difficulty in breathing.
Suman, a resident of Dholpur in Rajasthan, was earlier admitted to Birla Hospital. She was moved to J A Hospital on Monday evening after she tested positive for swine flu. Officials said Suman’s condition was stable though she had jaundice.
In Indore, a 60-year-old man suspected of having swine flu died a day after he was admitted to MY Hospital on Monday. Officials said two deaths reported on January 31 too had been confirmed as cases of swine flu.
“There were two patients who died the same day and both were labeled as suspected deaths due to the virus. Their samples were sent for tests and the report came two days later. One was a 66-year-old man admitted in Bombay Hospital while another was a woman aged 60 who was admitted to MY Hospital. The reports, which we received on Tuesday, confirmed the deaths were due to swine flu,” said Dr Sanjay Dixit, vice dean of MGM medical college.
Kajal, a 25-year-old resident of Gwalior, too tested positive for swine flu on Monday evening and is being treated in the isolation ward of Birla Hospital, officials said.
Gwalior has registered a surge in swine flu cases after reporting no infections in 2013 and 2014. Collector P Narahari inspected Birla Hospital and JA Hospital and directed officials to follow protocols to tackle the virus.
Three patients were discharged from a hospital in Indore on Tuesday evening after doctors said they were “completely cured”.
“The patients were in B2 category. But it is still a moment of happiness if some people are being discharged with successful treatment,” said Dr Dixit.
The chances of patients getting cured are greater if they are administered the Tami Flu drug within 48 hours of contracting infection, he said.
In Bhopal, around 100 samples sent for testing and 28 were found positive. Six people have died of swine flu in the city this year while Indore has reported seven deaths.