A 32-year-old woman from Goregaon became the latest victim of the swine flu infection, which has, so far, killed 43 people from Mumbai this year. The woman is among the increasing number of people without any medical history who have succumbed to the illness.
This year, so far, 541 people have died of swine flu in the state. Experts said in the first quarter of the year, most deaths were among the vulnerable population, which includes pregnant women, children and elderly. Half of the deaths were of citizens who were suffering from diabetes, hypertension or both. In this case, the woman was in the hospital for about three weeks and succumbed to the H1N1 infection on Friday, said civic officials.
Doctors said she had developed the acute respiratory distress syndrome as a result of the infection and was on ventilator support at the Kasturba Hospital, Chinchpokli. Civic officials said the woman showed symptoms of swine flu on June 10 and was admitted to a local hospital in Goregaon the next day. “She came to our hospital with breathlessness and her X-ray reports suggested acute respiratory distress syndrome. We transferred her to Sion Hospital,” said Dr Madhukar Garodiya, physician, Radha Krishna Hospital, where the woman was first admitted.
She was given Oseltamivir only after four days. Doctors suspect the delay in initiating the treatment proved fatal in her case. “In patients where the infection is severe, the dosage needs to be increased,” said Dr Om Shrivastav, director, consultant infectious disease specialist.
Doctors are worried about the rise in the swine flu infection with the change in temperatures. Maharashtra has recorded 5,301 swine flu cases this year, with many cases reported from Nagpur and Mumbai.