Srinagar: Four H1N1 patients have died in the last 24 hours in the two valley hospitals, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) and Shri Maharaja Pratab Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital.
Now, out of total eleven cases, four patients have died so far. Eight among them were admitted in SKIMS and three in SMHS.
The Medical Superintendent SKIMS Dr Farooq Ahmad said, “Two patients have died in the last 24 hours making it to a total of 9 deaths due to the H1N1 virus since September 2018.”
The two patients, according to Jan were having co-morbidity i.e. additional diseases or disorders co-occurring with the primary disease which is H1N1 virus in these cases.
“The patients were 55 and 75 years old. They were having co-morbidity due to old age,” he says.
Out of three patients in SMHS Hospital, two patients have died and one is critical according to the doctors there.
“One 40-year-old female from Hawal, Srinagar was critical. She was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit. But she died last night. Another elderly person, a 75-year-old male from Kupwara also died. We now have one H1N1 positive patient in the hospital who is also in a critical state,” said an official from SMHS.
H1N1 flu is also known as swine flu because of its origin being associated to direct contact of humans with pigs. However, the virus in the recent past has also been reported in people who have had no contact with pigs.
In 2009, H1N1 was spreading fast around the world, when the World Health Organization called it a pandemic. Since then, people have continued to get sick from swine flu, but their number has declined.