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9-month-old girl dies of swine flu; toll 28 in Mumbai

The victim, doctors said, had no pre-existing illness. She was admitted to Nair Hospital, Mumbai Central, on July 25 and was administered Oseltamivir (anti-swine flu) medications the next day.

mumbai Updated: Aug 01, 2015 15:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

A nine-month old girl died of swine flu on Thursday, taking the death toll to 28 this year.

This month, Mumbai witnessed a resurgence of the swine flu infection with 195 cases reported in July.

The victim, doctors said, had no pre-existing illness. She was admitted to Nair Hospital, Mumbai Central, on July 25 and was administered Oseltamivir (anti-swine flu) medications the next day.

“No one in her family had contracted the H1N1 infection. There is no specific source that could be identified from the history the family gave,” said Dr Mini Khetarpal, chief of epidemiology cell, adding that the child died of acute respiratory distress syndrome.

This year, Mumbai has recorded 2,029 cases of swine flu. Civic officials have advised doctors to start medication early in patients who fall in the high-risk category.

Oseltamivir is most effective if administered within three days of the patient exhibiting symptoms. “We were earlier reporting deaths only among people with pre-existing illness including diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Now, many deaths are being reported in patients who have no such condition,” said Dr Om Shrivastav, infectious disease specialist.

Following the instructions from the government, the civic health department has started vaccinating pregnant women a.

First Published: Aug 01, 2015 15:36 IST