Amritsar woman dies of Swine Flu

     Amritsar reported its first case of death due to HIN1 virus when a 48-year-old Malti Devi died here at a private hospital on Monday. She was cremated in the evening. According to Hardeep Singh Ghai, a swine flu nodal officer, the woman was working at the Health Centre at Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) and was suffering from fever, cough, and running nose for two weeks. The lady was being treated at a private hospital at Chheharta for seven days. The hospital authorities informed the civil hospital on Saturday morning where she was tested positive for H1N1 virus. Ghai said, “Her body had poor resistance levels. The delay in getting investigated for H1N1 infection could be one of the reasons for the death.” He also informed that the deceased had been already suffering from Asthma. Subash, son of the Malti Devi said, “At the initial stage we did not know about the Swine Flu and today we feel the delay in diagnose could have led to my mother’s death.” According to available reports, last year at least 17 confirmed cases of H1N1 were reported, of which seven died.

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