Swine flu sharpens its fangs, takes another victim


One more woman has allegedly succumbed to swine flu at the civic run BYL Nair Hospital on Monday. However, the civic administration has refused to corroborate the information.

According to official estimates, eight persons have died due to swine flu in the city this year, and 211 have been treated of the disease. Among the 34 persons who came to Mumbai for treatment for symptoms of swine flu, four succumbed.

The latest victim who died on Monday has been identified as 30 year old Shifa Sayed, a Malwani resident. She was being treated by local doctors for high fever for several days before being admitted to Nair hospital, it is learnt.

Hospital sources say that Sayed died due to swine flu, but hospital superintendent Dr Ramesh Bharmal, when contacted, said that a detailed report had been despatched to Dr Mini Khetarpal, epidemiology in charge of the BMC. Dr Khetarpal however said that a comprehensive report on last fortnight's deaths due to swine flu would be filed soon.

An analysis of the city and suburbs shows that swine flu has been most active in areas like Byculla, Dadar, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Mankhurd, Mulund and Bhandup.

The BMC has reportedly sounded an alert in these areas, and an advisory to citizens to stay alert to swine flu like symptoms has been issued.

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