A 27-year-old woman from Kurla died of swine flu at the civic-run Sion hospital on Wednesday, taking the toll in Mumbai to eight this year.
Doctors said the patient had diabetes, which is one of the conditions common in many patients who have died of H1N1 infection this year. “She came very late to the hospital. She had the symptoms for over a week, but delayed getting treated,” said Dr Mangala Gomare, chief of epidemiology cell, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Doctors said the deceased was initially treated at a local hospital from where she was shifted to Sion hospital on Sunday, after her condition worsened.
Experts said people should rule out the possibility of swine flu, if they have fever, cold, running nose, and body ache among other symptoms.
On Wednesday, 41 new cases of swine flu were recorded in the city taking the total number of cases to 959 this year.
Experts said the way the infection was spreading, the figure may cross the 2009 mark.
In 2009, 1,497 cases were recorded in the whole year, the highest number of cases recorded in Mumbai. The situation is no different in the state, which has recorded 235 deaths and 2,890 cases.
“This year, patients are coming in with varied symptoms. Many patients I have treated for swine flu have complained of severe change in their taste,” said Dr Om Shrivastav, director, infectious disease department, Jaslok Hospital, Peddar Road.
Poor response to vaccine
Of the 100 doses received by the civic body, only one has been put to use. A healthcare provider from Sion hospital took the vaccine. “We have offered the vaccine to all employees. Around 30 of the 100 doses were given to Kasturba hospital, while rest have been given to periphery hospitals and medical colleges,” said Dr Gomare.