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Saturday, March 17, 2012

India : Two more swine flu deaths, toll climbs to four in Pune

Via Times of India :

" PUNE: A 10-year-old girl with Down's Syndrome from Dhankawdi, and a sixty-year-old woman from Kothrud died of swine flu in the city on Friday, pushing the death toll to four in Pune and seven in the state.

"The girl, Amruta Joshi, succumbed to the swine flu infection at around 6.30 am at Bharati Hospital on Friday. Her throat swab report received after she died showed that she had swine flu infection," said paediatrician Sanjay Lalwani, medical director of Bharati Hospital.

Amruta came to the hospital with fever, cough and breathless around 9.15 pm on Thursday. Her X-ray report showed a bilateral pneuomonic patch. She was admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit of Bharati Hospital around 10 pm the same day. She had acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and was put on ventilator support, Lalwani added.

"Amruta suffered pulmonary haemorrhage, bleeding inside the lungs. Her condition deteriorated further and she died," Lalwani said. Her throat swab report was sent to National Institute of Virology, Lalwani said.

The other deceased Shubhangi Kulkarni was in isolation in the ICU of Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital for the last four days. "She had tested positive for the pandemic H1N1 virus on March 15. She had co-morbid conditions like diabetes, obesity and hypertension. She died at 7 am on Friday," said city health chief S T Pardeshi of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

Kulkarni, a retired nurse, was admitted on March 12. "Her X-ray report showed she had bilateral pneumonia. She had developed ARDS and was put on a ventilator. We started Tamiflu from day one," said physician Manisha Deshmukh.

Her condition deteriorated after 11 pm on March 15. The oxygen saturation in her blood dropped following which she suffered a cardiac arrest. She was revived, but suffered another arrest, Deshmukh said."

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