Swine flu claims two more lives in Pune, toll rises to 37 - Times of India

Swine flu claims two more lives in Pune, toll rises to 37 - Times of India

Pune: Two more persons succumbed to swine flu in Pune this month, taking the number of fatalities to 37 so far this year.
Both patients had other underlying medical conditions, including hypertension and diabetes.

Of the 37 deaths, swine flu was confirmed as the cause in 18 cases by the state’s death audit committee. The other 19 deaths are still considered ‘suspected’, as they have not yet been reviewed by the committee.

Currently, the condition of six patients is critical. They have been put on ventilator support at different hospitals in the city.

In Maharashtra, the virus has infected 1,265 people and claimed 98 lives between January 1 and April 12, compared to just 10 cases in the same period last year.

A 42-year-old resident of Warje succumbed to swine flu-induced induced complications at Joshi hospital in Shivajinagar on April 8.

The man developed a fever and breathlessness on March 21. He had developed acute respiratory distress syndrome and multi-organ failure.

“He was also a patient of hypertension,” said a doctor from the hospital.

Another victim, a 48 year old resident of Kothrud, died at Deenananath Mangeshkar hospital on April 2. “She was also a patient of diabetes,” said a doctor from the hospital.

“The behaviour pattern of influenza viruses has been unpredictable. It is, however, difficult to categorically pinpoint the reasons for rise in cases. The extended winter with cold wave conditions, wide fluctuation in day and night temperature during summer and the declining immunity level in people are among the contributing factors,” a National Institute of Virology scientist said.

Medical experts said the cases tend to come down during the summer months as the heat rises. “However, the cases have continued to rise in the state despite the soaring temperature,” an expert said.

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