A total of 92 swine flu cases including nine deaths have been registered in Goa, India. Recently, a 50-year-old man, who was treated at a private hospital in Panaji, died of swine flu. A four-year-old girl from Kudal, Maharashtra, who was referred to a Goa hospital, also succumbed to H1N1.
State epidemiologist Dr Utkarsh Betodkar said that out of the 25 samples that the department had sent to a laboratory in Karnataka last week, only five had tested positive for swine flu. The samples included a man receiving treatment at a private hospital, who died last week. The deceased suffered from diabetes and his condition worsened, said Betodkar. In case of other three cases, he said persons have finished treatment and are recuperating well.
A four-year-old girl from Maharashtra, who was treated at a private hospital in North Goa, also died due to swine flu infection. More samples have been sent to the laboratory this week and the results are awaited.
With the number of swine flu cases on the rise, the directorate of health services has kept up its awareness drive about the virus. Betodkar said people need to be careful and seek medical help on time to avoid further complications.