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Friday, August 27, 2010

India : H1N1 patient's death in Pune sparks warning

Via Times of India :

" PUNE: If one is suffering from cold, cough, fever, diarrhoea or sore throat basically any upper respiratory illness or even an attack of asthma he/she should not take the H1N1vaccine, said Sharad Agarkhedkar, president of the city chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA), here on Thursday.

The IMA warning comes following the death of an H1N1 patient on August 24, 10 days after he was administered an intra-nasal vaccine in a private hospital.

Bhupendra Thakur (35) of Bhairoba Nallah in Pune Camp, was administered a dose of Nasovac, produced by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India, on August 14, the victim's brother, Rajnikant Thakur, told TOI.

"Bhupendra was suffering from cold and cough since the first week of August, so we thought he should be given the vaccine as a precautionary measure. We purchased Nasovac from a medical store in Pune Camp and took him to a private hospital, where he was administered the nasal drops by a doctor. His condition worsened and he was taken to the Sassoon hospital on August 17, where he tested positive for the H1N1 flu. He was put on the ventilator, but he succumbed to the flu," Rajnikant said."

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