Another person has died of swine flu in Sangrur, where the number of people affected by the H1N1 virus has risen to six, officials said on Tuesday.
The deceased has been identified as Jagdev Singh, 45, a resident of Chhahar village. Singh was admitted to the Post-graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, last week. Officials said Singh's body was handed over to his family to perform the last rites with personal protective equipment.
Last week, 62-year-old Baldev Kaur of Bagrian village died after battling the virus for days.
Dr Upasna Bindra, epidemiologist and nodal officer for swine flu at Sangrur civil hospital, told HT that two more patients - Gurmeet Kaur, 44, of Bhawanigarh, and Raja Singh, 49, of Laad Banjara village have tested positive for the H1N1 virus and are being treated at different hospitals in Chandigarh. Gurmeet Kaur is said to critical and put on a ventilator.
The district health authorities have been making regular visits to other patients who have been discharged from hospital. Their families were also administered with Tamiflu doses to prevent transmission of the virus, Bindra added.