A 30-year-old man has died of H1N1 flu, five days after he was admitted to a hospital, in Kota. Two suspect cases of H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu, are undergoing treatment in the city’s private hospitals.
Narendra Gochar of Kota, who was hospitalised for treatment at the Government Maharao Bhim Singh Hospital, died on Thursday. The Chief Medical and Health Officer of Kota, Dr RN Yadav, said, after Gochar was diagnosed with H1N1, his family members were put on Tamiflu— an antiviral drug used worldwide to treat H1N1.
In Kota, two persons have been admitted to private hospitals with symptoms of H1N1 flu, which are cold, cough and fever. One of them, a 55-year-old man of Raipura, tested positive for H1N1 flu in a private laboratory but came clean in a test at the Government Medical College Kota, making him a suspect case.
A 75-year-old has also been hospitalised with H1N1 flu symptoms. Dr. Yadav said they were waiting for his test results.
In 2014, of the 64 persons tested positive for H1N1 flu in Rajasthan, 36 persons died. In Kota, there was one H1N1 death last year. Between 2009 and 2014, last year recorded the second lowest H1N1 flu deaths in the state—36. The lowest was 11 in 2011.
Dr Yadav said the state was prepared to deal with H1N1 flu outbreak.
He said H1N1 flu wards had been established in the Government MBS Hospital and the New Medical College Hospital of Kota, and all the health centres of the rural areas of the district were asked to refer to the district hospitals patients suffering from cold and fever for three days continuously.
H1N1 virus is believed to spread in low temperature, particularly during winter, he said.