With five Mumbai residents and three patients from outside Mumbai testing positive for the H1N1 virus on Monday, the total number of swine flu cases in the city now stands at 42.
While no death was reported in Mumbai due to the infection on Monday, state health officials admitted that the cases were rising with no respite from low temperatures.
Across the state, 193 swine flu cases had been reported till Monday.
While there has been 38 deaths across the state, no Mumbai resident has succumbed to the infection. There have been five deaths in Mumbai, but all were outstation patients being treated across various city hospitals.
According to data given by the civic health department, the air-borne infection was not localised to a particular area in the city. The five patients are residents of Kandivali, Bandra, Ghatkopar, Andheri (East), and Borivali (East) and are currently seeking treatment from various hospitals across the city. Three of the five Mumbai residents are on Tamiflu regime on an out-patient department basis and do not require hospital admission yet.
Of the three outstation patients from Bhopal, Thane and Airoli, a 30-year-old female from Thane was was admitted in critical condition at a private hospital in the city and was put on ventilator support Monday.
With the exception of a 14-year-old girl from Ghatkopar, the other patients are between the age of 30 to 50 years. According to experts, the severity is higher in patients with existing co-morbid conditions like diabetes and hypertension.
State health minister Dr Deepak Sawant told Newsline, “The disease has spread so rapidly because of frequent travel of people. Telangana, our bordering state, has high number of cases. That is why cases are cropping up from every district in Maharashtra.”
According to him, while the state health department has not yet issued orders to initiate any process of vaccination against the viral disease in government hospitals, healthcare workers there are being provided vaccination as a precaution. Additionally, private hospitals have started administering vaccines to family members of infected patients on individual demands.
“On Saturday, we procured 10,000 Tamiflu tablets for Kasturba hospital alone to treat the swine flu patients. There is enough stock to serve the patients in the city and across the state,” added Sawant.
Meanwhile, across the state, seven new patients tested positive for the air-borne infection, taking the total number of cases to 193. No death was however reported since Sunday. Dr Pradeep Awate, from Directorate of Health Services (Pune), said that four government-run diagnostic centres were authorised by the ministry for conducting throat swabs of suspected H1N1 patients. The four centres are Kasturba hospital and Haffkine Institute in Mumbai, National Institute of Virology in Pune and Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) in Nagpur. “Diagnostics test results from laboratories like Religare (SRL diagnostics) and Dr Lal Pathlabs are also considered credible,” Awate added.
BMC helpline number for swine flu: 022-24114000.