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Two more deaths, flu now spreads to central, southern districts

Medical officials said 13 patients died so far with symptoms of swine flu and currently, at least 30 patients are in the hospital.

Published: 23rd February 2017 03:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2017 03:47 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

TIRUCHY/ MADURAI: Two more deaths due to suspected Swine Flu were reported from Tiruchirappalli and Madurai districts in the last two days even as health officials strained hard to create awareness among people and conducted door-to-door surveillance to prevent spread of the virus.

Jeevanandham (3) from Thiruverumbur in Tiruchy died due to suspected Swine Flu on Wednesday. Doctors have kept all patients in the isolation ward with at least 20 admitted from several parts of the central region. According to sources, the boy had been brought to MGMGH from a private hospital. In the last few months, at least 200 persons with symptoms of the flu from various parts of central region were brought to the hospital.

Medical officials said 13 patients died so far with symptoms of swine flu. Currently, at least 30 patients are in the hospital. Most of them are recuperating,  

Meanwhile,  Shanmugasundaram (64)  of K Pudur in Madurai, died of swine flu at the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai on Tuesday.

With this, the toll has risen to five in the district this year. According to official sources, Shanmugasundaram who was suffering from fever was admitted to a private hospital recently. The tests were positive for H1N1 virus (swine flu). He was then referred to GRH on Monday.

Assistant City Health Officer of Madurai Corporation, K Parthipan, told Express “A team of health officials visited K Pudur and identified 15 people, including Shanmugasundaram’s family members, relatives and neighbours as being in the high-risk zone.

Contact prophylactic doses were prescribed for 10 days and they are being closely monitored. In order to prevent the spread of the disease,  officials o carried out door-to-door surveillance in the area, but no fever cases were identified,” he said.

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