Swine flu claims city’s first victim

Swine flu claimed its first life in the city on Friday, with a patient from the city who was admitted to the PGIMER on Thursday succumbing to the disease.

According to officials, 29-year-old Seema, a resident of Pipliwalan town of Manimajra was first brought to GMSH, Sector 16 after she had already undergone treatment at some private clinic. However, after assessing her condition, doctors at GMSH referred her to PGIMER.

Officials of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) said that the family has taken her body to their native place in Kurukshetra in Haryana. "We have informed the nodal officer in Kurukshetra to take precautions, since the family members also need to be quarantined. A team from Chandigarh today visited the residence in Manimajra to see if any other case is there in the neighbourhood," said Dr Anil Garg, Nodal Officer, Chandigarh.

Prior to this, Amrik Singh, from Patiala district, had also died due to swine flu at PGIMER. Another patient who was from Karnal and was brought to PGIMER had also died recently due to swine flu.

This season, so far, 12 cases have been reported at PGIMER, out of which four were from the city while the remaining were from other states.

Three cases were reported from the PGIMER itself when three lab staffers were infected by the H1N1 influenza. However, they were quarantined and have recovered well, added the officials.

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