Swine flu claimed another life in Patiala, taking the districts death toll to four in past one month.54-year-old woman Pushpa Devi, a resident of Nabha in Patiala district, succumbed to H1N1 virus at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, on Tuesday evening.
Soon after her death, the health department swung into action and sent a team of doctors to her residence to take precautionary measures.
Chief medical officer of Patiala, Dr Harinderpal Singh Bali said that PGI informed them about Devi's death on Tuesday evening.
Bali informed that Devi was brought to Rajindra Hospital on February 28 on complaints of uneasiness and breathing difficulty, but taking note of her serious condition she was referred to PGI Chandigarh.
The woman tested positive for the virus on March 1 and was under treatment since then.
Meanwhile, following the advice of medical officials, the kin of the deceased cremated the body without any delay in order to avoid further infection.
"A team of doctors has been asked to continuously monitor the health of family members, who had accompanied the deceased during treatment and other inhabitants of the house so that timely steps can be taken in case they show any symptom of the virus," Bali said.
More than 27 suspected cases have come to fore in the past one month, out of which 10 positive cases have been diagnosed.
Bali signaled that the flu will be on the wane with the onset of summer season. "The vulnerability to swine flu automatically comes down with increase in temperature," he said.