Woman dies of swine flu, toll mounts to 5

Bhubaneswar: Even as swine flu has assumed epidemic proportions across the country, Odisha recorded its fifth casualty after a woman died here today. With this, the death toll due to the deadly disease mounted to five in Odisha.

The 56-year-old woman, hailing from Aska in Ganjam district, was admitted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar, where she succumbed to the disease, said public health department director Kailash Dash.

“The woman was admitted in a private hospital on February 25. She was put on ventilator following critical condition. The patient had kidney problems,” he said.

The woman had spent around one month in north India, where she got affected by the disease.

Moreover, one more person was today tested positive for the H1NI virus, taking the total number of swine flu cases in Odisha to 14, official sources said.

Earlier, a 34-year-old woman had succumbed to the deadly virus at a private hospital here after being tested positive for H1N1 virus a few days back.

A week back, Anup Kumar Sahoo, an executive with a Balasore-based company, died of swine flu at a private hospital here. Sahoo had a medical history of diabetes as well as pneumonia. Sahoo was hospitalised on February 17 and put on life support system as his condition deteriorated.

Similarly, Aditya Naarayan Jena and Bisambar Dalabehera had also fell victim to swine flu.