A 47-year-old woman from Mannargudi in Tiruvarur district died on Tuesday in a Trichy government hospital, after testing positive for swine flu, which is caused by the H1N1 virus. This is reportedly the first case of H1N1 reported in the district this year and her family members were given treatment to prevent the spread of the infection.
According to reports, the patient Kalavathy, had been tested positive for H1N1 at a lab in Trichy and was admitted to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government hospital (MGMGH) on November 16. She had earlier been treated in another private hospital in the district. But when she failed to respond adequately to treatment, she was shifted to the government hospital.
Speaking to ToI, the Dean of MGMGH stated that despite getting treatment in the private hospital, her condition had worsened. It was allegedly only in the final stages that she was brought to the government hospital. The Dean said that despite treatment, she failed to survive.
The body was not allowed to be transported to Mannargudi and was cremated in Trichy, as authorities feared the spread of infection.
In November, last year, five people had died in the state, including a two-year-old girl of the H1N1 infection. In addition to this, several others were admitted for treatment in the hospital. There were three deaths in Trichy district alone and 60 cases were reported in the district from October 2018. In this case too, Kalavathy is suspected to have contracted the disease in Trichy district.
Swine flu or H1N1 is caused by the influenza A virus. High fever, persistent cough, cold, sore throat, nausea, headache and vomiting are the most common symptoms of the flu. A throat swab and culture is the test done to determine whether someone is H1N1 positive.