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More swine flu deaths in Hyderabad

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The two persons who died on Saturday were in a critical condition

HYDERABAD: Two more persons succumbed to the H1N1 virus in the twin cities. Lakshmi Devi Lakka (30) from Kadapa and C. Roopa Devi (38) from Kavadiguda, died in the early hours of Saturday at Aware-Global, L. B. Nagar and Chest Hospital, respectively. Doctors said both were in a critical condition because of delayed diagnosis of swine flu.

Virus turns aggressive

With four swine flu deaths in six days and more likely in the coming days, health officials are now advocating the importance of adhering to the concept of ‘social distancing. Stress is also being given to improve medical infrastructure like more ventilators and manpower to treat critical cases in government hospitals. “The virus is gradually becoming aggressive. Within a short span of two weeks after contracting it, few patients have died.

It’s better to avoid public places for few months,” says Chest Hospital Superintendent Dr. S. V. Prasad. Doctors informed that Lakshmi Devi was admitted in a critical condition to Aware-Global Hospital, L. B. Nagar, on August 25 and was on ventilator since then.

The Chest Hospital doctors informed that Roopa Devi, admitted on August 29, was critical due to delayed diagnosis. “It’s always better to avoid public gathering spots. Yet, we have not reached a threshold to advise drastic measures like giving a blanket call to avoid public places. Those having flu like symptoms should be socially responsible enough to avoid public places,” says State coordinator for swine flu K. Subhakar.

Meanwhile, the authorities confirmed eight more swine flu cases in the twin cities, taking the total number of cases in the State to 215.

The Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) received 23 samples from the screening centres out of which they confirmed eight cases. The patients who tested positive are locals and do not have any travel history. All the eight swine flu positive patients are in a stable condition.

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