Woman succumbs to swine flu in Mumbai

Last Updated: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 21:55

Mumbai: A 25-year-old woman succumbed to H1N1
virus here, as the city reported its first swine flu death in
nearly eight months, health officials said Monday.

Ashiya Sheikh, a resident of Bhandup, who had delivered
twins on May 30, succumbed to the virus at the Sion hospital
on Saturday last, they said.

"Sheikh was put on Tami flu on June 2 when symptoms of
H1N1 were first observed. She had developed ARDS (acute
respiratory distress syndrome) and was shifted to the medical
intensive care unit," Head of Epidemiology cell, Municipal
Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), Dr Daksha Shah said.

The last swine flu death in the city was reported in
October.

Following Sheikh`s death, the civic body has adopted a
wait and watch policy but has put its health department on
alert.

"With one death we cannot say the virus is back in the
air. We do not want to create panic among people. It is a wait
and watch situation but we have put our health machinery on
alert," additional municipal commissioner, MCGM, Manisha
Mhaiskar said.

According to health officials, four persons have tested
positive to the H1N1 virus in the past one week.

"The city has reported positive cases of swine flu. But
these are sporadic cases and there has been no substantial
rise in cases," Mhaiskar said.

Mumbai has reported about 32 deaths due to swine flu
since last August.

PTI



First Published: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 21:55

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