Swine flu claims one more life, toll reaches 4

Bhubaneswar: Even as swine flu has assumed epidemic proportions across the country, Odisha recorded its fourth casualty after a 34-year old woman died at a private hospital here today.

Government officials said the deceased, after being tested positive for H1N1 virus was admitted to the hospital few days back.

“The condition of the deceased was very serious and she was put on life support system,” Director, Public Health, Kailash Chandra Das said.

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.

The Health and Family Welfare department said Sahoo was hospitalised on February 17 and put on life support system as his condition deteriorated.

Sahoo, a native of Bhubaneswar, however, did not have a travel history which is indicative of the fact that the transmission may have been local.

Earlier, Aditya Naarayan Jena and Bisambar Dalabehera fell victims to swine flu and neither of them had a travel history.

Das said, this year as many as 13 cases out of 87 samples have been tested positive for H1N1.