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Swine flu claims yet another life at SKIMS
10 more positive cases take toll to 119
2/23/2015 12:19:41 AM
Javaid Naikoo

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Srinagar, Feb 22: Unrestrained swine flu or H1N1 virus took another life in Kashmir with 10 more positive cases testing positive taking the toll of infected people to 119. Confirming another death of a 28 year old male in Sheri-Kashmir-Institute-of-Medical- sciences (SKIMS) infected by H1N1 virus late last night, authorities at SKIMS informed early times that the patient was 28 year old male from south Kashmir's Kokernag area who had cardiac Comorbidities like AR, MR and left ventricular failure admitted at SKIMS on Feb 19 and said patient was also tested positive for H1N1 virus. They said another 20 year old female patient was admitted at SKIMS for H1N1 infection and the patient belongs from Soura of Srinagar District.
Meanwhile 200 patients with respiratory symptoms were seen at SKIMS special OPD on Sunday up to 3pm, out of which samples of 30 patients were taken and 10 were tested positive for H1N1virus. Talking to early times Head of Department of Medicine, SKIMS, Parvaiz Kaul said that swine flu took another life and more positive cases for H1N1 appear as according to him this virus is behaving bizarrely in Kashmir although it has hit many other states of the country at the same time but now seeing rapid increase in number of people getting infected by this virus it has become difficult to predict its strength. "Keeping in view unusual sort of nature of this virus, number of patients can increase in coming days and I as an expert feel that increase in temperature is the only way out to get rid from swine flu," added Dr Parvaiz Kaul Pertinently five deaths have occurred due to Swine flu in Kashmir division till date and with the number of infected people increasing every day, more deaths are expected.
According to health ministry, the total number of deaths due to the disease has now reached to 743 across the country in which States like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Maharashtra and Telangana, Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a rise in number of Swine Flu cases and the figure of those infected with H1N1 virus so far stands at 11955.
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