Tahlka New Bureau
New Delhi: Four patients suffering from swine flu died fighting the deadly virus this year, according to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital of Delhi. These could be the first swine flu reports recorded in Delhi this year. Also, five other patients have been tested positive for swine flu and are presently in hospital, according to reports.
Doctor's, however, are not sure about the cause of deaths to be H1NI or swine flu virus.
According to the officials, one of the deceased in a 35-year-old Delhi resident, who died on April 17. Doctor's said he did not have "any existing condition". "He was young and did not have a history of any other serious disease. But is known that the infection can start inflammation inside the body and pose a serious problem. In the particular case, there could be a possibility that the H1N1 virus was the main reason behind the cause of death," said Dr Atul Kakar, senior consultant, department of medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
"At present, we have three male patients with confirmed cases of swine flu. The patients are admitted in the department of medicine. We have two confirmed cases have swine flu in the department of chest," said Dr Atul Gogia, senior consultant, department of medicine, Sri Ganaga Ram Hospital.
The other thre deceased are two men aged 62 and 58, and a woman of 65. Two of them died in February, while one died on April 24. The two patients had a history of lung and kidney diseases, besides testing positive for swine flu. "Clearly these three deaths are due to the presence of comorbid conditions. With increasing age, liver enzymes that are on a higher side, and with comorbid conditions, it increases the risk of death," said Gogia.
Swine flu, a highly contagious respiratory disease in pigs are caused by one of the several swine influenza A viruses. The virus can be transmitted into humans through contact with infected pigs or environments contaminated with swine influenza virus.
The center has said in Parliament that swine flu ha claimed 160 lives in various parts of the country in the first three months of this year. During January 1 to March 26, atleast 26,6,062 swine flu cases have been registered.
The highest number of deaths (63) were reported from Maharashtra.