After lying dormant for a year,swine flu hits Mumbai

A 23-yr-old pregnant woman succumbed to H1N1; there are as many as 12 people suffering from the disease.

Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Published: April 13, 2012 3:23:03 pm

A 23-year-old pregnant woman,who had tested positive for H1N1 virus,died at a state-run hospital here,health officials said today.

“The woman,who had come from Dhule,died at the the JJ Hospital,” BMC’s health officer Dr Anil Bandiwdekar said.

Last week,three people were tested positive for Swine Flu in Mumbai,bringing the total of swine flu or H1N1 patients in the city to 12.

After being dormant for about a year,the H1N1 virus made an appearance in Mumbai. The virus had remained ‘underground’ for the better part of 2011,but suddenly struck Pune in March this year killing five and affecting 95 people in a span of a few weeks.

In Mumbai,the virus was relatively inactive for almost a year. The last two cases recorded were in June 2011 when a 37-year-old woman from Chandivli and a three-year-old girl from Tardeo tested positive for the virus. The last death was recorded in July 2010.

Maharashtra Govt to launch H1N1 awareness programme

Worried over the deadly H1N1 Influenza staging a comeback,Maharashtra Government has decided to launch an awareness programme on the disease in July and August,the Legislative Council was informed today.

“July-August is a critical period for swine flu (H1N1). Therefore,a special programme (community awareness campaign) will be undertaken by the Government across the state for prevention of the disease,” Health Minister Suresh Shetty said.

He was replying to a short debate on swine flu after the issue was raised by Deepak Sawant (Shiv Sena).

Shetty said Maharashtra is strictly following the Central Government’s protocol on tackling the disease,which has affected people in cities like Pune,Mumbai and Nashik.

He,however,said there was no need to panic.

“Isolation wards for swine flu patients have been set up across the state. A 232-bed isolation ward has been set up in Pune (the worst affected city) and 186-bed ward in Mumbai.

Such wards have also been set up in Thane,Raigad,Ratnagiri,Satara,Sangli,Kolhapur,Nashik,among others,” he said.

The Minister said there is adequate stock of Tamiflu,a drug meant for the treatment of flu infections,including H1N1. “There are 11.5 lakh Tamiflu capsules available for the entire state.”

Nine persons have died due to the disease in the year ended March 2012. Some of them were suffering from other ailments also,Shetty said.

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