While the authorities are still discussing a concrete action plan to restrict the spread of H1N1 virus, Mumbai hospitals reported two more deaths on Wednesday, taking the death toll in the city to 33.
Septicemia (bacteremia or blood poisoning) has emerged as a new contributing factor in both the fatalities. Since January 19, a total of 1267 Mumbaikars have tested positive with swine flu while 161 patients from different parts of the country have come to the city seeking treatment for the disease.
While one of the deceased was identified as a 70-year-old female from Borivali, the other person to die to the disease was a 72-year-old man from Rajasthan, who had come to the city for treatment.
The septuagenarian was admitted to Karuna Hospital on March 11 and shifted to Apex Hospital the very same day. Doctors confirmed that the woman suffered from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) along with Septicemia. The man for Rajasthan was admitted in Mulund's Shradhh Hospital on March 15. Report from BMC’s epidemiology cell confirmed that the man suffered from multiple ailments like cardio-respiratory failure, Bilateral Pneumonia, ARDS, Septiceamia and Renal failure.
15 out of 42 cases that have tested H1N1 positive on March 18 were admitted in city hospitals, while the 27 others were treated on OPD basis. Apart from one Mumbaikar who is put on ventilator, all the remaining patients are said to be stable.
The worrisome fact is that 11 Mumbaikars have died due to H1N1 this year and another 22, who had come from different parts of the country for treatment have succumbed to the contagious virus this year.