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Chandigarh sees fourth swine flu death in three weeks, hospitals on alert

Don’t ignore flu:18 cases reported in city since July, when the first case was reported.

punjab Updated: Aug 04, 2017 12:30 IST
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“People should become more aware and they must not ignore flu-like symptoms and fever, if it prevails for over 48 hours,” anti-malaria officer Dr Gaurav Aggarwal said.
“People should become more aware and they must not ignore flu-like symptoms and fever, if it prevails for over 48 hours,” anti-malaria officer Dr Gaurav Aggarwal said. (Representative image )

With the city reporting its fourth death due to swine flu in three weeks — of a woman resident of Sector-52 — on Thursday, the health department has asked hospitals to be on alert. “We have asked all hospitals not to ignore any patient flu like illness,” Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, anti-malaria officer said. The total number of swine flue cases in Chandigarh this year have reached 18. The first case was reported in July. The woman who died on Thursday was a 35-year-old resident of Sector 52.

“The patient was referred from Civil Hospital, Sector 45 to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 in critical condition, where she died on Thursday,” an officials said. Officials said the woman was suffering from tuberculosis and was rushed to the hospital with a damaged lung. She was in septic shock - a life-threatening condition that happens when blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level after an infection. 

Dr Gaurav Aggarwal said, “Almost all patients, who had died because of swine flu were suffering from chronic ailments and had reached the hospital in advanced stages.” He said that people should become more aware and they must not ignore flu-like symptoms and fever, if it prevails for over 48 hours. 

10 cases in 10 days in Panchkula

VK Bansal, Civil Surgeon, Panchkula said that in the last ten days, ten swine flu cases have been reported in Panchkula district. “Four members of one family in Sector 20 are infected with the H1N1 virus. Two members of a Sector 21 family are also infected,” Bansal added. 

He said from two cases are from Pinjore and two from Barwala. “Patients from Barwala are admitted in the PGIMER, out of the two, one is a 6-month-old baby,” said the doctor. He added all those affected had a travel history. “We have kept one room as an isolation ward and have adequate medicines available. We are taking samples in the hospital but do not have testing centres, for that we have to send samples to the PGIMER,” said the doctor. 

Eight cases in Mohali

Swine flu has struck Mohali as eight cases so far have been found positive; six of them are under treatment. Besides this, a Kota woman had died in Mohali's private hospital due to swine flu about two weeks ago, said local health department.  Mohali civil surgeon Rita Bhardwaj said that the cases found positive are scattered across district, coming from places including Nayagaon, Zirakpur, Sohana and other places. 

"People must be cautious and go to test diagnostic tests done once they start developing symptoms including running nose and flu," she said. A senior official at Mohali civil hospital in Phase-6 said, “We have created a six-bed isolation ward in the hospital to treat swine flu cases. We have have enough stock of medicine.”