One more Lepto death reported in city
Mumbai : An eight-month pregnant woman from Borivali became the latest victim to die of swine flu, taking the death toll to 30 in the city. The BMC report indicated that the woman was started on Oseltamivir dosage after a week of the onset of her illness which deteriorated her condition. Meanwhile, the city also reported a Leptospirosis death of a 45-year-old woman from Andheri on Thursday.
The 25-year-old pregnant woman was referred from a private hospital to Nair Hospital on Monday with the symptoms of high fever, sore throat and muscle ache. Following which, her throat swabs were immediately sent for testing which came positive. Dr Minni Khetarpal, head of epidemiology cell at BMC, said, “Her illness started from July 24 and she got her treatment delayed which took a toll on her condition. In spite of Oseltamivir dosage, she started feeling breathlessness and died of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Pregnant women should be alert as they are the most vulnerable to contract swine flu.”
In the wake of surging swine flu cases and deaths in the city, BMC has started free vaccines against swine flu for pregnant women at three maternity homes which include eastern Bhandup, Prabhadevi and Oshiwara. Vaccines will protect pregnant women from contracting influenza virus and we urge pregnant women to get themselves vaccinated against swine flu, added Dr Khetarpal.
Lepto claimed life of a 45-year-old Andheri woman who got admitted to Nair Hospital on Wednesday. However, the woman started suffering from breathing problems and eventually succumbed owing to ARDS with Thrombocytopenia. With this, the death toll of Lepto has reached 17 in the city, meanwhile two more Lepto cases and six new swine flu cases were reported on Thursday.