H1N1 adds to Coimbatore district’s viral fever worries

Still reeling from dengue and unidentified viral fevers, Coimbatore district now has a confirmed case of H1N1 viral infection.

Published: 19th August 2017 01:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th August 2017 07:27 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

COIMBATORE: Still reeling from dengue and unidentified viral fevers, Coimbatore district now has a confirmed case of H1N1 viral infection. The total number of fever cases at hospitals happens to be at 162 and dengue at 49 on Friday.

A 52-year-old woman has been referred to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital on Wednesday from Karamadai’s Gurunathamalai pirivu. She has tested positive for H1N1 and has had fever and cough for five days now.

She has been diagnosed with Category C of H1N1 infection due to her underlying diabetic condition. Initially, she was treated for Diabetes Ketoacidosis ( a chemical imbalance caused by low insulin levels that is life-threatening) and now has been admitted to the Intensive Medical Care Unit. The hospital said that her condition is stable.

PG Banumathi, deputy director of health services, Coimbatore, says that the Health department is taking steps to quarantine the location.

“To prevent the spread of the fever, we are screening the people, especially her family members,” she said.
Meanwhile, two persons, who tested positive for dengue, have died in the hospital.

Death toll rises

Namakkal: While three persons have already died in Namakkal due to dengue within the last 15 days, two more people have died on Friday. Kavya (13) studying in Class VIII died due to dengue in Namakkal district. The death toll has further gone up, with the death of two more persons due to fever on Friday.

According to Rasipuram police, one Punithaselvi (9) was admitted in Government Rasipuram Hospital due to fever. Then, she was shifted to Government Salem Hospital where doctors declared her ‘dead on arrival’. Meanwhile, Andiyammal (55) of pothaimalai, near Rasipuram also died due to fever.

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