A 30-year-old pregnant woman in Mumbai is the latest victim of swine flu reported in the city. The victim was battling pulmonary tuberculosis while she contracted the H1N1 infection, health officials said.
The Virar resident was seven months pregnant and died on Sunday.
Civic officials said the woman was admitted to the Wadia Hospital in Parel on February 26 and was later transferred to KEM hospital on March 2. "Within a week of admission, she passed away. She also had a kidney complucation," said a doctor from KEM hospital.
Six pregnant women in Maharashtra have died of the H1N1 infection between January and February this year.
After diabetes and hypertension, pregnancy is the third most common pre-existing condition found among patients who have succumbed to the viral infection. "Infections during pregnancy do not react the way they would if the patient was not pregnant. Hence the immune response is different leading to complications," said Dr Om Shrivastav, director, infectious disease, Jaslok Hospital, Peddar Road.
Since March, Maharashtra has reported 211 swine flu deaths and 2501 cases. On Tuesday, 37 swine flu patients were kept on ventilator support at various hospitals across the state. Meanwhile in Mumbai, 24 patients suffering from swine flu are undergoing treatment at various city hospitals.
There have been 22 reported deaths in Mumbai this year, including patients from outside the city.