Swine flu: woman shifted to ICU

D. Karthikeyan and Shastry V. Mallady

MADURAI: A 35-year-old woman with swine flu symptoms who was admitted to the Apollo Speciality Hospitals here has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit on Tuesday following severe respiratory problem.

The woman, who had viral fever two days ago, developed symptoms of swine flu and the samples were sent on Tuesday evening to the King Institute of Preventive Medicine in Chennai for tests, said Rohini Sridhar, Chief Operating Officer and Director (Medical Services), Apollo Speciality Hospitals.

Information about the suspected case has been informed to the Dean in-charge of Government Rajaji Hospital S. M. Sivakumar who is the nodal official tracking the swine flu cases in Madurai district.

The GRH Dean informed that Tamiflu tablets have been given to Apollo to start treatment on the suspected case. “This particular patient was alright till yesterday. Only this morning, the oxygen requirement level has gone up and the situation got worse,” she said and added that “the hospital is concerned about the woman’s condition.” The woman belongs to Velmurugan Nagar off Bypass Road in the city.

Dr. Rohini Sridhar said that the details gathered from patient’s family had suggested that her husband had fever recently and had recovered. Later, this woman got fever and right now it was suspected as a case of swine flu because the symptoms matched with the guidelines given by the Health Department on A(H1N1) influenza.

Since the swine flu patients had to be shifted to an isolation ward, the hospital authorities would be shifting her to an isolation ward in the hospital. Dr. Sivakumar said that the family had no travel history to swine flu-affected places but they had a relative from abroad a month ago.

Meanwhile, the Apollo Speciality Hospitals, Madurai, is getting ready with a five-bed isolation room to handle the suspected cases.

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