Boy succumbs to suspected swine flu

Namrata Devikar
Saturday, 12 January 2019

Till now, four patients have tested positive for swine flu this year in the city

Pune: According to the Health Department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), an 8-year-old boy from Dhayari recently succumbed to suspected swine flu. The boy was diagnosed with thalassemia major when he was seven months old.

He had tested positive for H1N1. However, the death review committee was yet to declare him the first victim of swine flu this year.

Speaking to Sakal Times, officials from the PMC said that cases of swine flu are very less during winters. With good vaccine coverage, the overall threat of the disease has further been 
reduced.

According to the PMC, the young boy started showing symptoms on December 31, 2018. He was administered Tamiflu for four days. He tested positive on January 6 and was declared dead on January 8.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Chief of the Health Department Dr Ramchandra Hankare said that this is a suspected death of swine flu.

“The death review committee decides if the actual cause of death is swine flu or not. In 2019, four patients have tested positive for swine flu so far,” said 
Dr Hankare.
He added that during the winter season, the number of cases has decreased.

“Hospitals within the PMC limits are well equipped with vaccines as well as Tamiflu medicines. These are available for free in government hospitals,” said Dr Hankare.

According to the PMC, between January 1 and 11, in all, 33,397 people were screened for the disease while 336 were administered Tamiflu tablets. Swab samples of 61 patients have been sent for testing, of these four have tested positive. One patient is still in the hospital, one of them was discharged and one was on ventilator support.
 
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Sudhir Patsute from the Naidu Hospital said that swine flu’s seasonal incidence has reduced. 

“There has been a reduction in the number of swine flu deaths. A couple of deaths are reported every month. However, this month, no death has been declared by the committee. However, the trend is that the seasonal incidence has come down. We might see a rise in the number of cases in the coming seasons as the virus shows a bi-yearly peak,” said Dr Patsute.

He added that in December 2018, there were four deaths. “Of these, the death review committee noted that three were due to swine flu and one was due to some other reason,” said Dr Patsute.

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