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Indore: Swine flu Outbreak continues to take toll, 14-month-old boy succumbs to H1N1


Indore: City sees no end to the outbreak of deadly swine flu disease with death toll and number of patients tested positive both witnessing a rise almost every day. Raising the H1N1 scare further among citizens, a 14-month-old baby boy succumbed to the disease on Thursday.

With the fresh death of the youngest patient so far to fall prey to the killer virus, toll in city reached to 35, while the number of positive patients increased to 453, with one more tested positive on the day.

According to nodal officer of Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme, Dr Asha Pandit, “The deceased was the youngest one to succumb to the disease. He belonged to Betma and was admitted to MY Hospital six days ago.”

She said that the baby reached the hospital in critical condition and failed to recover despite providing proper treatment since then. “We have sent a team to Betma for surveying in and around the house of the patient. We will also learn about his travel history and run an awareness programme in the area,” Dr Pandit added. Reports pending with lab, health dept finds no patient in entire week

While the number of patients suffering from dengue and chikungunya has been increasing in city; to one’s wonder district health department didn’t get a single patient positive in the entire week. Department officials claimed that they are not getting reports from the microbiology department of MGM Medical College since a long time. “Various sample reports are pending with the department. Officials told us that they check the samples only after getting enough samples to avoid wastage of the whole kit by using it just for few samples,” Dr Asha Pandit said. The lack of virology lab in city is evidently giving a tough time to the patients as they are getting reports only after three to four days of submitting, delaying the targeted treatment. Non-cooperation among the departments is further adding woes to the patients.