Kolkata: Swineflu claimed its first
victim in the state with the death of a 58-year-old man, who
was on chemotherapy for multiple myeloma, while three more
confirmed cases of H1N1 infection were reported today.
The throat swab of the man confirmed that he was
suffering from H1N1 infection, West Bengal Health Department
The was admitted to a hospital here on July 15 with
fever, dry cough and shortness of breath, they said, adding
the man was put on a ventilator two days later and died on the
The death could not be avoided as the man had poor
immunity and lack of time for administering him anti-virals,
Disinfective measures had been taken at the hospital
after the death, the sources added.
The department said three confirmed cases were also
reported during the day raising the number of those affected
with swine flu to six.
The condition of one, who had a history of chronic
renal failure, was critical.
The health department was monitoring the situation on
a daily basis.