PUNE/CHENNAI: A 35-year-old ayurvedic doctor
and a four-year-old boy died of swine flu in Pune and Chennai on Monday morning, taking the toll due to the dreaded viral infection in the country to six.
The medic, Babasahib Mane, died in the Sasoon Hospital in Pune becoming the third person in the worst-hit Maharashtra city to succumb to swine flu, a senior health official said.
Mane was ailing for sometime and blood had been found in his sputum in the last couple of days, he said.
In Chennai, a four-year-old boy, who was admitted to a private hospital with kidney and liver-related complications and had tested positive for swine flu, died on Monday, health officials said. The boy had also been suffering from asthma. This is the first case of flu death in the city.
“The boy was in a very critical condition. He had been suffering from asthma and he had been taken from one hospital to another for various complications. Ultimately he landed up in this hospital for a kidney-related problem…and they found the boy testing positive (for swine flu),” Tamil Nadu Health Secretary V K Subburaj said.
The boy, who was on a ventilator, died following “multiple organ failure,” S Ilango, Director of Public Health, said.