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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

India - Pune : Sharp rise in H1N1 deaths this month

Via Times of India :

" PUNE: The number of deaths in Pune due to the H1N1 influenza has seen a steady increase in July with three more persons being declared dead due to swine flu on Tuesday. With this, the number of casualties in July has gone up to 16, as against nine deaths throughout last month. "There is definitely a spurt in swine flu cases in July. The average number of critically ill patients were not more than 10 per week during May and June.

But there is a sudden rise in critical cases requiring artificial respiration. Last month, the mortality rate due to the H1N1 influenza vis-?-vis the number of severely positive cases had gone down. But in July, there is a surge in swine flu casualties as well," said an official of the state health services. The H1N1 influenza has claimed 264 people in the city so far.

According to health officials, Atharva Shyam Gonte (3) of Wadgaon Maval died at the Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital on July 17. Atharva, who had been suffering from asthma-like illness, developed symptoms of swine flu from July 2. He was moved to the ABMH in critical condition on July 17 and died on the same day."

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