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Swine flu claims four more lives, toll up to 33

With the death of four people — two in Bangalore and one each in Aurangabad and Pune, the swine flu toll in the country mounted to 33 on Wednesday. In Bangalore, a 45-year-old man succumbed to H1N1 virus on Wednesday morning. He had been on Tamiflu since August 15. His swab test had confirmed him as H1N1 positive.

A 36-year-old woman belonging to Bangalore died on August 17. She was admitted to M S Ramaiah Hospital on August 14 and kept on ventilator. She too was given Tamiflu from August 14, according to Usha Vasankar, director of Health and Family Welfare.

Of the 33 swine flu deaths so far, 19 have died in Maharashtra, including 14 in Pune and three in Mumbai. Seven people have died in Karnataka, three in Gujarat, two in Chhattisgarh and one each in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The flu continued to spread in the country with 216 people testing positive for the deadly virus on Wednesday, taking the total number of those afflicted with the pandemic to 2,242. Mumbai (48) and Pune (36) topped the list of Wednesday’s cases followed by Chennai (30) and Delhi (25).

A 40-year-old labourer, Arjun Bihari, is the first confirmed H1N1 virus casualty in Marathwada region of Maharashtra, where swine flu has spread to more areas. Bihari died on Monday while he was being shifted to the government medical hospital, according to Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH) superintendent B.K. Somani.

The National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune sent the report on Bihari’s throat swab samples to the GMCH late on Tuesday evening, confirming that he was H1N1 positive.

Confirming the death in Pune, district collector Chandrakant Dalvi said Vijay Avaghade was admitted to KEM Hospital on August 17. His throat swab report from the NIV confirmed that he was H1N1 positive.

Meanwhile, three other patients are still in a critical condition at the isolation ICU of the Sassoon hospital. All three have tested positive for the H1N1, an official said. In Nashik, the death toll rose to three as reports of two dead patients found that they had swine flu.

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