Woman 18th to die of swine flu since Jan

42-yr-old ignored symptoms; viral fever too rising.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 20, 2013 1:44 am

42-yr-old ignored symptoms; viral fever too rising.

A 42-year-old woman from Navi Peth died of swine flu (H1N1 virus) on Friday taking the death toll in the city to 18 since January. She died at Ruby Hall Clinic.

The woman had shown flu-like symptoms like fever and cough,besides breathlessness,from April 9 but had not taken any medication until April 15. According to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health authorities,she was admitted to Ruby Hall Clinic on April 15 where she was given Tamiflu and put on ventilator. Her throat swab tested positive for swine flu on Thursday and she succumbed to the virus the next day.

So far,throat swab samples of 169 people have tested positive for H1N1 out of the 1,318 samples sent for lab tests since January. Five patients are admitted to various hospital wards,and two others are on ventilator support as of now. According to PMC health officials 11,667 of the 92,901 people screened for the virus have been administered Tamiflu.

Meanwhile,general health practitioners are reporting cases of viral fever and even gastroenteritis. Dr Sharad Agharkhedkar,Head of Paediatrics at D Y Patil Medical College said cases of viral fever are being reported because of temperature and weather fluctuations. According to Dr Shirish Prayag,intensivist,it is essential to provide symptomatic treatment before starting higher antibiotics. Dr Prachee Sate,Head of the ICU at Ruby Hall Clinic,said it was important to increase intake of fluids in the present weather conditions.

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