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Swine flu claimed one more life in Kerala

Swine flu claimed one more life in Kerala

One more person succumbed to Swine flu in Kerla, The deceased has been identified as Sivanpillai (55) of Sooranad in Kollam. Earlier on Monday a Keralite homemaker, Geetha (42), also died of the same disease in Pune.

Sivanpillai, who was undergoing treatment at Sasthamkottai and later Ezhukon ESI Hospital for fever and other uneasiness, was shifted to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital after his condition worsened.

Tests conducted there confirmed the disease. But it is not clear as to how he contracted H1N1. The Health Department has intensified preventive actions in the area. Authorities have informed that there is no need for anxiety about the spread of the disease.

The deceased is survived by wife Usha Kumari, daughter Sreeja and son-in-law Gopakumar.

Earlier two people had died of H1N1 in Kasaragod district. The number of H1N1 deaths in the country has gone up to 875. Those afflicted with the disease number more than 15,000.

The death toll is the worst in Rajasthan. So far 225 people have died there. Around 5,000 people have contracted the disease, which primarily affects the lungs.

Number of swine flu deaths in Kerala rose from 17 cases and three deaths in 2014 to 421 confirmed cases and 50 deaths within just six months of the current year. The state had maximum number of swine flu casualty in 2010 which reported 90 deaths. In 2011, the state had only 10 deaths. In the next three years, the number of deaths hovered at single digits.

Health Department sources said the mortality rate has become high among swine flu patients. While dengue fever has so far 1231 confirmed cases, only 13 deaths have been reported. Hepatitis-B, which has affected 550 persons until June 25, has only 12 deaths. Fever had hit 10 lakh people this year, but only 14 deaths have been reported. In the case of diarrhoea, which has affected 2.37 lakh people, only two deaths have occurred so far this year.

Sources said of the 50 persons who died of H1N1, only 14 were found having satisfactory health parameters. Others were found suffering from diabetes or heart ailments.

– See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/swine-flu-is-biggest-communicable-disease-killer-in-kerala-this-year/#sthash.vAhp5cZK.dpuf