A one-year-old boy died of H1N1-related complications at Sion Hospital on Sunday and two others tested positive for the H1N1 virus on Monday. In Thane, a 55-year-old woman, Fatima Sheik, was diagnosed with swine flu on Sunday.
Forty-nine Mumbaiites have tested positive for swine flu in the last 20 days.
The death of the toddler was the third swine flu death in a city hospital this month. The boy, a Dharavi resident, had been suffering from fever since June 12 but was admitted to the hospital only on June 17 after he developed breathlessness, said a BMC official.
Doctors suspected the boy was suffering from swine flu and took throat swabs for testing. He was administered Tamiflu for three days after testing positive for the H1N1 virus, but he succumbed to complications at the paediatric ICU at Sion Hospital on June 20.
Infants and pregnant women are considered to be in the high-risk category for swine flu since their immunity is low. BMC officials said they should consult a doctor, the moment they notice any flu-like symptom.Among the two others who tested positive for the virus, one is a pregnant woman who is admitted at KEM Hospital in Parel and the other is admitted at Kasturba Hospital, Chinchpokli.
The BMC is yet to decide on issuing guidelines to private hospitals regarding handling swine flu patients. "We will meet with state government officials soon to decide on the matter," said Dr G T Ambe, executive health officer, BMC.
Extra doses of the H1N1 vaccine, which is currently being administered to healthcare workers in the city hospitals, will not be made available for the general public. "The vaccine will be administered to only healthcare staff working in close contact with swine flu patients," said Ambe. More than 200 medical and paramedical staff of city hospitals have been administered the vaccine so far.
Across the state, eight people tested positive for swine flu on Monday, taking the total number of swine flu cases in the state since April to 498.
The state has recorded 60 deaths due to swine flu related complications since April.
"Swine flu cases have not been on the rise in the last month," said Dr Pradeep Awate of the state influenza cell.
The Thane resident who tested positive was transferred from a private hospital to Thane civic hospital. “She was diagnosed with swine flu on Sunday and has been undergoing treatment at the hospital. There are six members of her family, who have been quarantined and are being given treatment,” said Thane health officer Dr. R T Kendre.