A pregnant Muktsar woman suffering from swine flu, admitted at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on December 6, succumbed to the viral disease on Saturday. “Jyoti, 27, was six-month pregnant and gave birth to a premature baby before she died. The infant is critical and is on the ventilator,” said district epidemiologist Dr Ramesh Kumar, adding that it was difficult to say if the infant was also suffering from swine flu.
“As a precautionary measure, we have administered Tamiflu tablets to all family members accompanying Jyoti. We have tracked her travel history and found that she stayed at home and no with symptoms had visited her home recently,” Kumar claimed. There are three more patients admitted at DMCH with swine flu symptoms and their samples had been sent to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, with reports expected by Sunday.
Kumar added that a meeting of health department officials had been called on Monday to discuss the matter and draw up a strategy to create awareness on swine flu.
DMCH saw last swine flu death in October
On October 17, a Tarn Taran — based cloth merchant Gurmail Singh, 30, also succumbed to swine flu at the DMCH.