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Sunday, September 1, 2013

India, Mumbai : Kalyan man 2nd H1N1 patient to die in metropolitan region this year

Via Times of India :

" A 40-year-old man from Kalyan succumbed to H1N1 in the wee hours of Saturday. This is the second H1N1 death in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region this season.

The victim, Anwar Shaikh, was an autorickshaw driver and had no history of pre-existing disease. He died within a span of six days since the symptoms surfaced. Earlier in August, a 32-year-old woman from Ambernath was the first person to fall prey to H1N1.

The patient from Kalyan had been suffering from cough and cold since last week and went to a nearby nursing home after he started feeling breathless. He was put on a ventilator. When his condition did not improve after three days of treatment, the doctors sent his samples for testing.

Dr U M Uapasani, head of Nityanand nursing home in Kalyan, where he was admitted, said, "He tested positive for H1N1 on Friday. Since we do not have the facility to treat H1N1 cases, we referred the patient to another hospital."

According to the patient's relatives, he was then taken to a civic hospital in Navi Mumbai and a few other private hospitals, from where he was turned away. Late on Friday, his family and friends decided to take him to Kasturba Hospital in Chinchpokli. But even though he was administered Tamiflu, he succumbed to the disease."

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