Thursday, August 13, 2009

Another swine flu death in Pune, nation's toll reaches 21

PUNE/NEW DELHI: 37-year-old Archana Kolhe died of swine flu in Pune on Thursday at around 3.45 pm, becoming the 13 th victim from the city and 21 st across the nation. ( Watch Video )

Kolhe died at Pune Shri hospital today, TV reports said.

Earlier, a 26-year-old woman died of the viral disease at a hospital in Bangalore on Thursday, becoming the 20th victim in the country. ( Watch Video )

Rupa, 26, was admitted to St. Philomena hospital with H1N1 symptoms on Sunday.

Earlier, an eleven-month-old boy and a 75-year-old woman died in Pune, taking the toll in Pune, severely hit by the virus, to 12 and across the country to 19. ( Watch Video )

The boy, Rutwik Kamle was admitted first to a private hospital and then shifted to government-run Sassoon Hospital last evening in a serious condition, official sources said. He died early on Thursday morning. ( Watch Video )

Bharti Goyal, who was suffering from the viral infection, died in KEM Hospital here, they said.

With this, the number of flu deaths here has risen to 12 and across the country to 19. Besides the Pune deaths, one person each has succumbed to the virus in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Nashik, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram and two in Mumbai.

Ten people last night tested positive for swine flu in Gujarat, taking the total number of those afflicted by the disease countrywide to 1,203.

While Pune remained the worst-hit area by the disease with 61 new cases being reported from the city, Gujarat's 10 new cases took the number of those infected to 27 in the state.

"All test results that were pending have come and according to them, 10 more people, including three women, have tested positive for swine flu," Gujarat principal secretary health Ravi Saxena said.

The figures include five from Ahmedabad, four from Surat and one from Navsari, Saxena said. In Navsari, a 14-year-old boy has been infected by the virus. According to the available data, a total of 125 fresh cases have been reported, taking the total number of those afflicted to 1,203.

Besides the western region, flu cases were reported from Mumbai (24), Kolkata (3), Bangalore (10), Shillong (1), Goa (1), Delhi (8) and Hyderabad (3).

In Shillong, the 17-year-old male patient had travelled to the UK.

In Bangalore, all of the 10 cases had contracted the virus in the country and had no foreign travel history. Goa also reported one indigenous case. All the eight patients in Delhi and three in Hyderabad had acquired the infection in India.

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