Sporadic cases of H1N1 viral infection continue to be reported in the city, defying the perception that it is a winter ailment. The latest case is of a 32-year-old woman from Goregaon, who is critical and has been put on ventilator support at Kasturba Hospital. The disease reached epidemic proportions in January with 42 deaths and 1,946 cases reported in the city boundaries. However, by April end, the cases had declined until recently, when scattered cases are again being reported from Mumbai.
The 32-year-old was first admitted to a private hospital in Goregaon on June 11 after she complained of fever, chills and sore throat. On June 12, she was shifted to tertiary-care Sion Hospital where her throat swab tested positive for H1N1 virus. “On Wednesday, we shifted her to Kasturba Hospital,” said Dr Minnie Khetarpal, head of epidemiology cell at BMC. She has been put on ventilator support in the hospital’s isolation facility. According to hospital sources the delay in proper treatment has worsened her condition.
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Meanwhile, five members of another family have been put on Oseltamivir (a drug) treatment after throat swabs of four tested positive for H1N1 virus. The family has three of its members hospitalised. One other is being treated as an out-patient while the fifth is receiving treatment on precautionary basis.
Dr Om Srivastava, head of infection disease department at Jaslok Hospital and also attached with Kasturba Hospital, said the natural history of the virus is indicating a gradual shift. “It is pretty obvious that temperature is no longer a criterion,” Srivastava said. According to BMC’s health department, 15 cases were recorded in the first two weeks of June.