A 40-year-old man from Urali Kanchan in Haveli tehsil died on Tuesday at Noble hospital taking the swine flu (H1N1) death toll to three since Friday and 11 since January. On Sunday,a 30-year-old man from Chinchwad succumbed to the virus at Poona hospital and on Friday,a 51-year-old man from Yerawada,who had diabetes and TB,died at Ruby Hall Clinic.
According to Pune Municipal Corporation health officials,the 40-year-old from Urali Kanchan had mild symptoms since March 1 and had fever,cold and cough. He complained of breathlessness on March 8. A diabetic,he also suffered from a chronic liver disease. While being treated for diabetes he did not take medication for the liver ailment. He was examined at the OPD of Sahyadri hospital and was admitted to the ICU of Noble hospital on March 8. He had been in the ICU until his death on March 26.
After he showed symptoms like cold,cough and fever,there was a delay in treatment,doctors said. He was also a high-risk patient with twin problems of diabetes and chronic liver disease,doctors said. He died of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and acute renal failure.
The 30-year-old from Chinchwad did not have any major illness and had a cough since March 16. He complained of breathlessness on March 22. By then he was examined by three doctors but the patient did not start medication. On March 23 he went to Medicare hospital at Chinchwad from where he was immediately shifted to Poona hospital. He died on March 24 at Poona hospital.
The throat swab sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) tested positive on March 26 and it was declared on Tuesday as a swine flu death,PMC authorities said.
The 51-year-old from Yerawada who was a diabetic and had pulmonary tuberculosis and associated illness had been showing symptoms like fever,throat pain and breathlessness since March 6. While he did not take medicines till March 10,Komal Nursing Home at Vishrantwadi referred him to Ruby Hall Clinic where was admitted on March 11. He died on Friday.
Doctors pointed out that high-risk patients need to exercise caution and take medication once they have symptoms like cold and cough.
Since January,956 throat swabs were sent for testing and 127 tested positive for H1N1. While 11 have died,authorities said 99 patients were treated successfully. At present 13 patients are in hospital wards while four are in ICUs.