With the death of a nine-year-old boy at the Institute of Child Health (ICH) attached to the Kottayam Medical College Hospital (MCH) on Friday, swine flu has claimed three lives in the State.
Ansil Mohammad of Nooranad, Adoor (Pathanamthitta district), had arrived from Abu Dhabi on August 19 and was admitted to the ICH on August 26. His throat swab was sent to the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Thiruvananthapuram, the next day and was diagnosed positive.
The boy, who was suffering from cerebral palsy, had severe lung congestion. He was admitted to the intensive care unit and was having ventilator support. His end came at 4.30 p.m. on Friday. The boy’s two-year-old sibling is also undergoing treatment for H1N1 flu at the ICH.
A woman who was admitted to a private hospital in Kochi four days ago with fever and severe respiratory illness succumbed to the illness on Thursday. Jijamma, 44, a resident of Karakkadayil House, Elenji, Ernakulam, died at 3 p.m. at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS). She was referred to the AIMS from Karithas Hospital, Kottayam, with fever and respiratory illness after treatment at a local clinic.
According to the Additional Director of Health Services, (Public Health), the patient was in a serious condition with high fever and respiratory distress on arrival at the AIMS at 1 a.m. on August 24. She was put on ventilator support at the ICU with a ‘presumed diagnosis of suspected H1N1.’ Bronchial washings were sent to Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, for test. “The result of the test was positive,” the Additional Director said.
On August 11, 33-year-old Wilson Lukose of Vettucaud had succumbed to the illness.
The total number of H1N1cases in the State has gone up to 191 with 11 new cases confirmed in Ernakulam, four in Kannur, three each in Alappuzha and Kozhikode, two each in Thiruvananthapuram and Malappuram and one in Thrissur district on Friday.
As many as 12 patients were admitted to isolation wards on Friday, taking the number of persons in isolation wards to 35. Eight patients are in the tertiary centres, health officials said.