Swine flu claims third life in city

Immediately, the health officials started surveillance of 300 houses in the vicinity of the place where the swine flu patient lived.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: February 15, 2015 3:43:38 am

A 58-year-old resident of Sector 47 who was undergoing swine flu (H1N1) treatment in PGI succumbed to the infection on Saturday morning.

With this, the number of swine flu positive cases increased to 10, including three deaths.

Immediately, the health officials started surveillance of 300 houses in the vicinity of the place where the swine flu patient lived. Family members and persons in close contact with her were administered tamiflu tablets.

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This is a third death due to swine flu in a month. On February 4, a 42-year-old woman, a resident of Bhaskar colony, Sector 25, died of swine flu in PGI. The H1N1 virus claimed another life when a resident of Kaimbwala village died in Government Medical College and Hospital on February 9.

In Mohali, three swine flu positive cases and two deaths have been reported so far.

In PGI, 11 samples were tested for H1N1 on Saturday, out of which four were tested positive. Three were from Punjab and one from Haryana.

The isolation ward of PGI is flooded with swine flu patients, the majority of them from the adjoining states.

While experts say with the rise in temperature the number of swine flu cases should decline, the number keeps on increasing irrespective of the temperature.

In Punjab, 23 people have died because of swine flu and about 58 positive cases have been reported so far. Seven deaths have occurred in the last few days.

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