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Swine flu claims 104th victim, vaccination drive stepped up

With the swine flu deaths increasing by the day, the authorities have now stepped up its vaccination campaign against the disease.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published: September 5, 2015 1:37:52 am

A man from Lonand in Pune district died of swine flu at KEM hospital on Friday, making him the 104th victim since January this year. The 33-year-old was suffering from fever with chills and cough since August 18. He was initially treated at Swami Samarth hospital but was later shifted to KEM hospital after his condition deteriorated. He, however, died of disease-related acute respiratory distress syndrome on Friday.

With the swine flu deaths increasing by the day, the authorities have now stepped up its vaccination campaign against the disease.

Dr Subhash Salunke, chairman of the state expert committee on prevention of communicable diseases, said that people should get immunised against swine flu.

“We had an expert committee meeting three days ago and informed doctors and laboratories to conduct tests to detect swine flu in people listed in ‘B’ and ‘C’ category. We have informed experts not to test patients with mild symptoms as there are complaints that laboratories are charging unaffordable prices for the tests. We are receiving complaints mainly from Mumbai, Thane and a few from Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad,” said Salunkhe.

He said there was a need to strictly follow national guidelines and doctors should play an important role in early diagnosis and identification of swine flu.

Meanwhile, Dr S T Pardeshi, acting chief medical officer, PMC, has urged pregnant women to avail free-of-cost vaccination against swine flu at its five designated immunisation centres.

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