Pregnant woman from Dharavi Mumbai’s seventh swine flu victim this year
Mumbai city news: The Dharavi resident, the second pregnant woman to die of swine flu this year, was undergoing treatment at a private hospitalmumbai Updated: Jun 16, 2017 09:51 IST
A 32-year-old pregnant woman became the seventh swine flu victim in the city. A total of 230 swine flu- related deaths have been recorded in Maharashtra this year, while 1,200 patients are being treated for the disease.
The Dharavi resident, the second pregnant woman to die of swine flu this year, was undergoing treatment at a private hospital. As her health parameters kept deteriorating, the doctors shifted her to Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Sion, on May 27. She died within two-three hours of treatment, doctors said.
Last year, the virus had claimed 26 lives in the city , while 82 died in other parts of Maharashtra. This year, four Mumbaiites have died, while three were patients from outside the city, who had come to Mumbai for treatment. Five of the seven people who succumbed to the virus were women. Doctors, however, said it is a coincidence and there is no gender bias when it comes to disease progression or mortality rate.
The BMC said a delay in shifting patients has been one of the causes for deaths in Mumbai. Dr Padmaja Keskar, executive health officer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, said, “It’s not common in outpatient cases and many have also been cured and discharged by private hospitals. But it’s true that all the casualties have reached late to tertiary care facilities.”
Experts suggest a delay in diagnosis at private hospitals could also be a contributory factor. A state official said a lot of cases are being diagnosed late because the symptoms overlap with common cold. Doctors at smaller hospitals have been advised to be attentive towards patients showing atypical symptoms to avoid a delay in diagnosis.
Primary swine flu symptoms are fever, lethargy, headache, cough, sore throat and nausea. While most people recover within a week, those with low immunity and suffering from chronic diseases such as asthma, lung diseases, diabetes, cancer, kidney or heart problems risk serious complications and even death from multi-organ failure.
Dr Om Srivastava, infectious diseases expert, said unlike in regular swine flu patients, lungs are last to get affected in many patients from eastern Maharashtra. “For a majority of patients from these regions, the primary organs that affected are guts, kidneys, brain, spine and eventually lungs. Although such cases are extremely rare in Mumbai, we don’t know the exact cause of progression of swine flu,” he said.
Most cases have been recorded at Pune, Nashik, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad.