The civic health department recorded four H1N1 deaths in the last 48 hours across the city with a significant 69 new cases on Friday.
Of those who succumbed to the viral infection, one was a senior citizen from Dongri who was first admitted in Saboo Siddique hospital and later transferred to Habib hospital. The 61-year-old woman passed away on Thursday due to the air-borne disease along with hypertension and renal failure.
Three others who passed away on Thursday were out-station residents seeking treatment in city hospitals.
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A 47-year-old female from Badlapur was admitted in KEM hospital on Tuesday, however, within two days her condition worsened. On Thursday, she succumbed to multiple complications such as cardio respiratory attack, hypertension, acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis.
According to the civic health department, the four latest deaths were of patients who suffered from co-morbid conditions that led to quick decline in their medical parameters.
A 34-year-old woman from Kopar Khairane, Navi Mumbai, was transferred to civic-run Kasturba hospital on Thursday from a private hospital. She succumbed on the same day due to multiple illnesses and H1N1 infection.
The fourth death was of a 58-year-old man from Alibaug who was admitted in tertiary-care Nair hospital on March 7. On Thursday, he suffered from type I respiratory failure along with a case of hypertension and other illnesses.
The civic body is now focusing on early treatment mechanism to stabilise patients before their condition worsens. While 90 per cent of those detected with H1N1 virus are getting cured within a week, the only few cases that are becoming complicated are of people suffering from other illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer or immuno-compromised conditions.
On Friday, of the new cases reported, 21 required hospital admission while others were suggested home rest and medication.