The H1N1 virus claimed two more lives in Mumbai on Thursday with the death of two 32-year-old women from Juhu and Worli. The death count has reached 25 in the city this year. Additionally, 39 people from outside Mumbai also succumbed to the air-borne
infection since January this year in various Mumbai-based hospitals.
The Juhu resident was admitted at Nair hospital on Monday after she developed fever and chills. The Worli resident was also admitted on Monday at Global hospital, Parel.
According to Dr Minnie Khetarpal, Deputy Executive Health Officer, both the women tested positive for the viral infection after undergoing throat swab test.
The admitted cases of H1N1 infection have touched 2,154 since the disease became epidemic in January this year. While the cases escalated during February and March, the incidence had reduced April onwards, however, already leading to as many as 64 deaths.
Meanwhile, seven new cases of H1N1 infection have been reported in the city on Thursday by the civic health department. “I think the virus is here to stay. There are two factors, one the temperature and second the indigenous population,” said Dr Nandu Vijay, consultant general physician.
According to him, following heavy rains, the temperature has not risen too high, which has provided an atmosphere for the virus to grow.
Secondly, with the sporadic cases throughout the year this time, the indigenous population has also contributed to the persistence of the virus. Gearing up, the civic body is aggressively conducting awareness campaigns about the disease symptoms. It has also started roping in religious leaders to propagate facts about the disease.