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One more swine flu death in Cuttack

One more person died of swine flu in Cuttack on Thursday taking the toll to the dreaded disease in the State this year to four. Despite the State government claiming to have stepped up surveillance, more and more H1N1 virus-afflicted cases are pouring in.

Biswanath Ekka (30), a Rourkela-based software engineer died of the disease at SCB medical college and hospital here on Thursday, registering the first death in the premier referral hospital of the State which had successfully cured over 30 known swine flu patients last year.

“Even one swine flu patient was cured and discharged from our hospital this year. But we could not save the software engineer who was shifted here from a Bhubaneswar hospital in a critical condition on Wednesday night,” said the hospital administrative officer B N Moharana on Thursday.

Ekka, who was reportedly infected by H1N1 virus during his recent trip to Hyderabad, was first admitted to Usthi Diagnostics—a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on August 2. After his swab samples tested positive to the virus on Wednesday, he was shifted to the Cuttack hospital.

Three persons had died earlier this week due to swine flu in the State, including the death of a person reported from a private hospital here on Tuesday. Two others died while undergoing treatment in two private hospitals in Bhubanswar.

According to sources, both private and government hospitals in the State have received at least over 50 patients since July this year having flu-like symptoms of which swab samples of nearly 20 have been tested at Regional Medical Research Center in Bhubaneswar.

Nine samples have tested positive to the virus, sources added.

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