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Friday, March 16, 2012

India : H1N1 claims year's 2nd victim in city

Via Mid Day :

" State toll climbs to 5 as 51-year-old rickshaw driver dies in hospital

The dreaded swine flu claimed its second victim in the city this year as a 51-year-old autorickshaw driver, Shrikant Shinde, died around 3.15 pm yesterday. This is the fifth swine flu death in the state. The first victim was Kanta Walchand Sarode (48), who died on Wednesday evening at Sahyadri Hospital.

19 test positive in city

Three more patients continue to be on ventilator support in various city hospitals. Apart from these cases, 16 other patients have tested positive for the H1N1 virus.Shinde was taken to Bharati Hospital on March 5 for treatment of pneumonia and had already slipped into Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) caused by the H1N1 virus, and was put on ventilator support.

His condition remained critical since the past 10 days. Throat-swab samples tested positive for the H1N1 virus at Religare Laboratory and he was put on anti-virals like Tamiflu and other antibiotics. Dr Sanjay Lalwani, at the Bharati hospital said, "The patient died due to multi-organ failure.

His kidney failed on Monday and he underwent dialysis twice in three days. The last 48 hours were very crucial as he had fluctuating blood pressure. He finally succumbed at 3.15 pm on Thursday." Dr Ambrish Shahade, president of Indian Medical Association said that the need of the hour is to make people more cautious and they should immediately contact doctor in case of prolonged cough and cold."

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