Delhi: A 38-year-old doctor died of swine flu at the
Nashik civil hospital this morning.
The deceased Dr Rupesh Gangurde was
admitted to a private hospital on Monday after he complained of
vomitting and fever, hospital sources said.
His blood samples were sent to Pune for testing after which the
report tested positive for H1N1, they said.
Gangurde was brought to the Nashik Civil hospital last night where
he died at 0230 hours, they said.
Two more suspected swine flu patients - Vinod Borkul (21) and
Rishikesh Kulkarni (26) - have been admitted to the Nashik Civil
While Borkul tested negative for the viral infection, Kulkarni's
report is still awaited.
doctor is the first victim of swine flu in Nashik.
Meanwhile with the death of a 29-year-old woman who succumbed to the
deadly swine flu virus in Pune on Wednesday took the country's swine
flu death toll to 14. Shrawani Deshpande died due to bilateral
pneumonia following severe lung infection caused by the H1N1 virus
at around 2:30 AM this morning. Deshpande who was a resident of
Kothrud area in Pune, died at the Sasoon General Hospital.
Tuesday, a 62-year old Thane woman and a Vadodara girl had succumbed
to the deadly virus.
Shahida Abdul Aziz from Pune was admitted to the Noor Hospital in
Byculla and a (H1N1) virus was detected in her body only after her
Vadodara, the girl fell prey to the flu, taking Gujarat's toll to
Meanwhile, doctors in New Delhi have been observing the nature of
HINI virus to contain the mortality rate of the disease, Randeep
Guleria, professor of medicine said.
is a self limiting disease so even if it spreads to the community,
most people will become alright without treatment. Our aim should
not be from containment point of view but to pick up the higher risk
people and those who have higher chance of dying and treat them so
that the death rate is low", Dr. Guleria.
Dr. Guleria also said they are
observing the nature of the virus and until it changes its form, it
is not a serious concern.
"Serious concern is not there as far
as the mortality is concerned. But number of cases will increase.
People need to be told that they need not worry. We need to observe
it very closely and do good surveillance", Dr. Guleria, added.
With the increasing number of swine
flu cases, the Central Government has unveiled fresh measures to
control the spread of disease by allowing private labs to conduct
tests and private hospitals to provide treatment.