7-year-old child dies from swine flu; death toll in Mumbai rises to 37

Even as medical experts hope that the rising temperatures in the city will lead to an end to the swine flu epidemic, the death toll due to the disease continues to rise. Two more people, including a 7-year-old child, died from swine flu in Mumbai on March 25, taking the death toll to 37.

A seven-year-old male child from Andheri and 48-year-old male from Raigad succumbed to the disease after being treated in city hospitals. The total number of people who have lost their lives to the disease has now reached 37, across Mumbai hospitals, 12 being the residents of the city and 25 who had visited city hospitals for treatment.

Doctors from epidemic cell of BMC confirmed that the pediatric fatality reported on Wednesday was a result of Bronchopneumonia with septicemia along with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), a severe disorder in which the proteins that control blood clotting become overactive resulting in multiple blood clotting, spontaneous bleeding or clogging of the vessels carrying blood throughout the integral organs of the body. The male child was admitted in Holy Spirit Hospital of Bandra on March 19.

A 48-year-old male from Alibaug also lost his life in Saifee Hospital after being treated for over nine days. He was admitted in the hospital on March 16 and succumbed to ARDS along with MOD as well as H1N1 influenza.

While the number of patients tested positive on Thursday remained low at 20, out of which 13 were admitted and the rest treated on OPD basis, all of them are said to be stable. Two new cases fro outside Mumbai were reported where in only one was admitted.

The total number of patients, tested positive for the contagious H1N1 disease has now crossed the 1500 mark. A total of 1516 patients, residing in Mumbai have been treated in the city hospitals during past three months. At the same time, BMC epidemiology cell confirmed that around 196 patients from different parts of the country have availed treatment, making the total number of patients attended by various city hospitals to 1712.

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