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Swine Flu: Fifth Death Recorded in Delhi, Five Fresh Cases Reported

With the death of a 38-year-old woman due to swine flu on Friday, it turns to be the fifth death in the national capital, according to health officials. Five fresh cases were also reported, taking the number of affected to 36.

The woman was a resident of Uttam Nagar in west Delhi and admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in central Delhi Jan 4.”The patient died around 10 p.m Thursday. She was on ventilation since the day she was admitted. Her conditions deteriorated thereafter,” said Charan Singh, the nodal officer for swine flu cases in Delhi.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of RML hospital, H.K. Kar, said that the patient was suffering from respiratory issues which worsened with time.

On Friday, Singh said, “The total number of swine flu cases in Delhi this winter has now reached 68. Of them, 30 cases have been reported this year. There have been only two deaths in Delhi.”

He said, “The number of cases is much fewer compared to previous years. Also, we have medicines to treat patients who test positive.”

The four patients who earlier died included a 30-year-old man from east Delhi, A 42-year-old woman from Uttam Nagar in west Delhi, A 39-year-old man from Faridabad in neighbouring Haryana and a 51-year-old woman from Ghaziabad of Uttar Pradesh admitted at a city hospital.

Among the five fresh cases that have been reported on Friday include four men and a woman. Singh said, “The four men are from Laxmi Nagar, Mehrauli, I.P.Extension and Rajouri Garden while the woman belongs to Punjabi Bagh.”

However, Singh has said that 22 state-run and private hospitals have been designated for treatment for the viral infection. Adding, he said, more hospitals will be directed to make arrangements for isolation and treatment of such patients.


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