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Mumbai records third swine flu death of 2017, don’t ignore that fever or chest pain

Mumbai city news: Maharashtra has reported 210 deaths already this year and around 1,100 people are currently under treatment for the respiratory disease caused by influenza virus

mumbai Updated: May 23, 2017 08:40 IST
Sadaguru Pandit

A 30-year-old pregnant woman became the third casualty of swine flu in Mumbai this year. Maharashtra has reported 210 deaths already this year and around 1,100 people are currently under treatment for the respiratory disease caused by influenza virus. Officials said people between the age of 22 and 45, who are likely to travel, are most vulnerable.

Municipal officials in Monday confirmed that the woman, who was 34 weeks pregnant, is from Allahabad and recently shifted to Bhandup. “The woman was a patient of bronchial asthma and had a five-day history of high fever with chills, coughing, chest pain, breathlessness and vomiting before being admitted,” said executive health officer, Dr Padmaja Keskar.

She was admitted in Savitribai Phule Maternity Home in Bhandup on May 13 and was given a shot of Tamiflu, (oseltamivir phosphate), which is given within 48 hours of flu onset to prevent further spread. Doctors said a DNA-PCR test report from Kasturba Hospital laboratory diagnosed her with swine flu on May 16.

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However, doctors at Sion Hospital where she was later shifted, pronounced her dead at 11am on the same day. Municipal health workers did a surveillance of the area where the woman lived and found that three individuals in the vicinity had influenza-like fever. They received treatment at a local hospital. Around 2,026 people were screened from 525 homes in the area.

State surveillance officer Dr Pradip Awte said the toll in the state has reached 210, and more than 8 lakh people have been screened. “We have procured 28,000 Tamiflu doses and delivered it to medical facilities across the state. We are in the process of procuring more stock from the Union ministry in the coming days,” said Awte.

Maharashtra in fact was the first state to start the Tamiflu vaccination programme after the virus spread across the state. “Last year, we had vaccinated 1 lakh people across the state and this year we have already vaccinated about 27,800. There is strict surveillance in districts like Nashik, Pune and Ahmednagar, which the worst-affected regions,” Awte said.