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Mumbaiites, don’t ignore that fever: 5 more swine flu deaths in a week

Mumbai city news: Five more people in Mumbai died of swine flu last week, taking the total number of deaths this year to 16. Doctors say don’t ignore symptoms

mumbai Updated: Jun 24, 2017 22:39 IST
Aayushi Pratap
Aayushi Pratap
Hindustan Times
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Five more people in Mumbai died of swine flu last week, taking the total number of deaths this year to 16. There were 92 new cases this week alone.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) public health department has now cautioned people not to ignore the early symptoms of the infection.

“Get yourself checked if symptoms such as cough, cold and fever last more than four days,” said a BMC official.

A seven-month pregnant woman was declared dead on June 13, while being treated for swine flu. Doctors said she showed classic symptoms of the flu such as fever, breathlessness and cough on June 8. She was shifted to a government hospital on June 11 but died of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome two days later.

Another patient, a 45-year-old man from Mankhurd , died on June 16 after receiving treatment at a BMC hospital for six days. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis and showed symptoms indicating H1N1.

A 35-year-old woman from Malvani died of swine flu on June 18. Health officials said she was admitted to a Navi Mumbai hospital on June 12 and was treated before she was transferred to a BMC hospital on June 15, where her health deteriorated.

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While officials didn’t share information on the other two victims, they said the areas where the five victims lived was being surveyed. The families of the five victims were not showing symptoms. .

Doctors have advised relatives of patients not to panic. “If within ten days of diagnosis of a patient, any other family member develops fever, it should be reported to the nearest government hospital.,” said Dr Padmaja Keskar, Executive Health Officer at BMC.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has asked 23 laboratories across the country to conduct weekly surveillance for the Zika virus among pregnant women and children born with microcephaly — a condition that causes abnormal smallness of the head and incomplete brain development.

The ICMR stepped up surveillance for Zika, after three confirmed cases were reported in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on May 15, by the World Health Organisation. No cases of Zika were officially reported in the country after that. The Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of Aedes aegypti mosquito infected by the virus. The same mosquito transmits dengue and chikungunya.

The directive was given to the laboratories at a meeting at the National Institute of Virology (NIV), said Dr Jayanthi Shastri, professor and head of microbiology, BYL Nair Hospital, Bombay Central. “All laboratories have to collect at least twenty samples in a week and check it for zika virus, dengue and chikungunya through a kit which was sent to us by NIV,” said Dr Shastri. In Mumbai, the samples will be tested at Kasturba Hospital, Chinchpokli.

First Published: Jun 24, 2017 09:56 IST