lucknow: The city registered its first swine flu case this year with a pregnant woman being diagnosed with the H1N1 virus at Queen Mary’s Hospital of King George’s Medical University (KGMU) on Wednesday.

In 2019, 552 swine flu cases were reported in Lucknow. Of these, seven people had lost their lives to the virus. Interestingly, 14 pregnant women were among the victims of H1N1 last year. All were diagnosed at the KGMU hospital.

The 22-year-old woman from Raqabganj, who was eight months pregnant, was admitted on January 13 and confirmed a swine flu patient by the health department on Wednesday. However, the woman had already been discharged on Tuesday.

In charge of the swine flu control unit Dr Manoj Yadav said it was the late arrival of the confirmatory report which led to the delay in case reporting.

“We are investigating the case to confirm where she got infected,” said Yadav.

“My wife was admitted to ICU with other patients following fever and breathing difficulty. Three days later, when she tested positive for swine flu, she was shifted to the isolation ward,” said Mukesh Dubey, the woman’s husband.

When asked about the potential risk of infection to other patients, chief medical superintendent of the hospital Dr SP Jaiswar said that a swine flu patient can only be quarantined when the case has been confirmed.

Source TOI.


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