Four of the five new patients of swine flu being treated in private hospitals are in critical condition in Mumbai. The civic body was informed on Saturday.
A 61-year-old woman from Bandra is on ventilator support and undergoing treatment for H1N1 infection, said civic officials.
Another 65-year-old man from Mulund is also on ventilator support at a private hospital, battling the infection which has killed 34 people in the state this year. Currently, a 49-year-old man from Gujarat, a 73-year-old man from Bangalore, a 31-year-old man from Palghar and 61-year-old man from Varanasi are being treated for swine flu at city hospitals.
According to the health department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) health department, no Mumbai resident has died of the infection this year. The five people who died of swine flu were from other places and were being treated at city hospitals.
Maharashtra has recorded 168 cases this year, a majority of which are from Nagpur.
Doctors said the drop in temperatures which is conducive to the transmission of the virus could be the reason for a sudden spurt in cases in the city.
“Morning and evenings are comparatively cooler, which is leading to a rise in cases. H1N1 virus is fragile and is unable to survive in higher temperatures,” said a virology expert.
Private hospitals across the city are treating an increasing number of patients with swine flu-like symptoms.
“We have two patients who are suspected to have the infection. We are waiting for the test results,” said Dr Om Shrivastav, director, infectious diseases department, Jaslok Hospital, Peddar Road.
State health officials have directed doctors to administer Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to patients who are suspected to have contracted swine flu.
“There is no need to wait for the swine flu test results to start the treatment, as the drug works best within 48 hours of developing the symptoms,” said Dr Satish Pawar, director, directorate of health services.