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11 more swine flu cases in Capital

The Capital reported 11 new cases of H1N1 on Sunday. Of these,four patients have a history of foreign travel,the other seven are indigenous cases.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
August 24, 2009 1:17:07 am

The Capital reported 11 new cases of H1N1 on Sunday. Of these,four patients have a history of foreign travel,the other seven are indigenous cases.

After the Capital logged its first two deaths due to the virus on Thursday,two patients — suspected to be suffering from swine flu — died on Sunday at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

The H1N1 test results for both patients,however,were received late on Sunday evening from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) and they both tested negative.

The Medical Superintendent of RML Hospital,Dr N K Chaturvedi,said: “We have received test results for three patients,all of whom have tested negative. Two of the patients passed away in the hospital today,the third is critically ill.”

The first case was that of 40-year-old Lakshman Singh,a resident of the Police Colony on Parliament Street.

Singh reported to the RML Hospital on Friday with symptoms of pneumonia. He was admitted to the general ward because he did not have any history of underlying diseases and his symptoms were not that of swine flu.

“Since this patient’s symptoms did not indicate H1N1,we admitted him in the general ward. Still,his swab samples were forwarded for testing,” said Dr R P Vashisht,Nodal Officer for H1N1,Delhi Government. When Singh’s condition deteriorated on Saturday evening,he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit,where he succumbed to bilateral pneumonia.

The other patient,Parimal Das (47) who passed away at RML on Sunday,had symptoms of H1N1.

He reported to the hospital on Friday with a sore throat and fever. He was administered Tamiflu and asked to go home. But Das,who also had diabetes and high blood pressure,came back to the RML Hospital on Saturday night,suffering from breathlessness. He was admitted but died at 5 a.m. The hospital authorities said cause of death was bilateral pneumonia and renal failure.

The city had reported its first swine flu deaths on Thursday,with a 38-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man succumbing to the virus.

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