The city continues to reel under a steady attack of H1N1 influenza virus with two more deaths reported in the last 48 hours of senior citizens. The total deaths in Mumbai have touched 33 since the onset of outbreak of H1N1 infection in January this year.
A 70-year-old woman from Borivali succumbed at Apex hospital, Tuesday, within a week of hospitalisation due to existing condition of heart disease and diabetes.
While she was first admitted at Karuna hospital, Borivali (West), on March 11 with complaints of cough, cold and fever, she had to be transferred to Apex hospital the same day for isolation facility.
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The woman died due to acute respiratory distress syndrome and septicemia on Tuesday.
Dr Pradeep Awate, from Directorate of Health Services (DHS), said that most of the deaths reported across the state were of patients who either started their treatment late or of patients belonging to high-risk category.
According to health experts, senior citizens, children, pregnant women and patients suffering from immuno-compromised ailments are in the high-risk category. They have been suggested to avoid crowded places and maintain hand hygiene to avoid infection.
The second death due to H1N1 virus in the city was also of a high-risk category patient who was suffering from hypertension and diabetes along with several age-related ailments.
The 72-year-old man from Rajasthan was admitted in Shraddha Hospital, Mulund, on Sunday. On Tuesday, he passed away due to cardiorespiratory failure, bilateral pneumonia and septicemia. According to doctors treating him, he also suffered from a renal shutdown and was kept on ventilator support in the hospital.
Meanwhile, the civic health department notified 44 additional cases of H1N1 infection across Mumbai hospitals of which 42 are residents of Mumbai. Of the 17 requiring hospital admission from the newly detected cases, one was put on ventilator support.
The total count of H1N1 cases has reached 1,428 in Mumbai with the count across Maharashtra crossing 3,500. The city accounts for a significant 40 per cent of the total cases in the state, while Pune and Nagpur have reported the maximum deaths due to the disease.