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Virus killed mostly people in 16-45 age group

mumbai Updated: Sep 30, 2009 01:15 IST
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Four more people were reported to have died due to swine flu, taking the death toll to 30 in the city and 124 in the state.

The state government analysed 117 deaths and found that the virus has killed mostly young and middle-aged people and in a significant number of cases Tamiflu had been started late.

Seventy people who died were in the 16-45 age group.

Only one victim was over 65.

“Most of the deaths are seen in the productive age group in contrast to Western countries where deaths are seen in elderly people aged above 70,” said Sharvaree Gokhale, the state government’s additional chief secretary (health).

Infants and children also form a significant proportion of deaths. Fourteen of the 117 deaths were of those under five years.

Khargar resident, Aniket Vaid (4), died of swine flu at a Kalamboli Hospital on Thursday.

Two days later, Jayesh, an 11-month-old from Nerul, died at KEM Hospital.

Bhayader resident Sharda Bhanushali (21), who was six months pregnant, died at Kokilaben Hospital on Sunday.

The fourth victim, Nashik resident Madhav Mandlik who had diabetes, died on Sunday.

Infants, pregnant women and those having diabetes and hypertension are ‘high-risk categories’.

The state health department found that most people report to the hospital three-four days after developing symptoms. In 21 out of 100 cases, Tamiflu was administered on the fourth day of the illness.

The drug works best when started within 72 hours of onset of symptoms. In nine cases, Tamiflu was not given at all. Of the 120 deaths analysed, 69 were male and 51 female.

Currently, eight people in the state are in a serious condition.