Two deaths from swine flu were reported in Indore on Wednesday, the first fatalities from the infection this year that has put state health authorities on a high alert.
While a 39-year-old woman who tested positive for swine flu on January 6 died at Bombay hospital, a 35-year-old man from Badnagar in Ujjain died at the city’s Aurobindo hospital.
“Both the patients were critical when admitted to hospital. While the man from Ujjain had developed serious complications in the respiratory system, the woman was admitted in the hospital on January 2 in a critical condition,” said GL Sodhi, in-charge of Integrated Disease Survelliance Project (IDSP).
This year, six samples were sent for testing, of which four turned out negative. Last year, six people died from swine flu out of 10 cases that tested positive. But government officials said they had heightened the vigil.
“Though the year has started off with two deaths in the first 15 days, the health department is on alert to keep a check on the virus,” added Dr Sodhi.