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Swine flu: Pune toll reaches 27

Twenty-year-old Sunil Kumbhar died of swine flu on Saturday,taking the Pune toll to 27 in as many days.

Twenty-year-old Sunil Kumbhar died of swine flu on Saturday,taking the Pune toll to 27 in as many days. The first swine flu death in Pune and the country as well — that of Reeda Shaikh — had occurred on August 3.

Kumbhar was admitted to Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) on Saturday morning with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). He was put on ventilator and passed away at 6.45 pm. Kumbhar was brought to SGH from Talegaon Dabhade in a critical condition on Friday night. Throat swab tests showed that he was a positive H1N1 case.

On Friday,a 28-year-old pregnant woman,Roopali Jore,died of swine flu. She was put on ventilator after she was admitted to a private hospital on August 20. She too had tested positive for the virus,officials said.

Pune District Collector Chandrakant Dalvi had appealed to private hospitals on Friday to screen patients who approached them with flu symptoms and not direct them to the already overburdened civic and government hospitals. Dalvi had also asked people to avoid crowding at public places and at Ganesh pandals.

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Till date,a total of 2.73 lakh people have been screened and 13,152 people with swine flu symptoms given Tamiflu,Dalvi said. He added that there has been a drop in number of people coming to screening centres and a week’s data shows that 7,000 to 9000 people visited the centres daily of which 300-500 were given Tamiflu

As of now,64 persons are admitted to private and government hospitals in the city of which 23 are in ICUs.

First published on: 30-08-2009 at 11:39:10 pm
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