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Swine flu claims city's 3rd victim this year as 57-yr-old woman dies

A 57-year old woman suffering from swine flu died on Thursday at Godrej Hospital, Vikhroli, said civic officials. This is the third swine flu death in the city this year.

mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2012 00:29 IST
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A 57-year old woman suffering from swine flu died on Thursday at Godrej Hospital, Vikhroli, said civic officials. This is the third swine flu death in the city this year.

All the deaths were reported in August.

Officials said that the patient, Shanti Jain, who suffered from hypertension and diabetes, died at 10.45am. On August 2, the Kanjurmarg resident was first admitted to a local nursing home, Aniket Nursing Home, with complaints of severe vomiting and diarrhoea, said officials.

"On August 6, she was shifted to Godrej Hospital after her symptoms aggravated. She had Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Godrej Hospital officials sent her throat swabs for testing to a private accredited laboratory on August 7. She tested positive for H1N1 virus on August 9," said Dr Arun Bamne, executive health officer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

The staff at Aniket Nursing Home, Kanjurmarg (East), said that she required ventilator support when she was transferred to Godrej Hospital. Godrej Hospital officials refused to comment on the case. Jain was also suffering from malaria and her platelet count was low.

On August 1, a 19-year-old youth from Chembur, suffering from pneumonia and epilepsy, succumbed to swine flu infection. On August 6, a 72-year old woman from Malad, who suffered from diabetes, heart disease and renal failure, died of H1N1 influenza at Kasturba Hospital, Chinchpokli.

Dr Bamne said that civic health officers from the area will get in touch with people who could have come in contact with Jain, including her relatives, neighbours and the hospital staff who came in touch with her.

Meanwhile, two people including a 16-year old boy from Mahim and a 15-year old boy from Prabhadevi tested positive for H1N1 virus on Thursday taking the total number of swine flu cases in the city to 275 this year.

"The Prabhadevi resident was admitted to a private hospital. Both patients are stable," said Dr Mangala Gomare, epidemiologist, BMC.