A woman, in her 40s and a resident of Una in Himachal Pradesh, died of swine flu at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here on Wednesday, making her the first victim of the disease in Punjab.
She was admitted to the hospital 10 days ago. Till now, eight cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Punjab, including two from other states.
State Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) officer Dr Deepak Bhatia said this was the first death due to swine flu this year so far. As many as 20 tests have been conducted for swine flu till now.
Dr Bhatia said the wife of a swine flu patient from Jalandhar was also suffering from the disease and she had been admitted to DMCH, Ludhiana. He said medication of a patient's relatives was also necessary to avoid spread of this air-borne disease and all nodal officers in the districts had been asked to do so.
District epidemiologist, Ludhiana, Dr Anil Verma said a sample of a suspected case of swine flu was sent to Chandigarh from Ludhiana on Wednesday. This was the first suspected case from among Ludhiana residents, as other patients admitted to the city hospital hailed from other districts of the state.
Earlier, swine flu cases have been confirmed in Muktsar, Faridkot, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Rupnagar and Gurdaspur. A patient from Chandigarh and another from Una in Himachal Pradesh were also reported to be suffering from swine flu in the state.
Meanwhile, swine flu patients admitted to hospitals have been quarantined. Swine flu spreads from person to person. The symptoms of H1N1 swine flu are like common flu and include coughing, sneezing, body-ache, fever, chills, fatigue, diarrhoea, vomiting, restlessness, sore throat and runny nose.
Dr Deepak Bhatia said if the person notices such symptoms he/she should rush for check up. He added that the treatment for swine flu is totally free, as the cost of medication is borne by the state government.