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Doctors at Sassoon hospital anxiously await report on 35 patients who died of infection that caused symptoms similar to swine flu
Doctors at Sassoon Hospital, who are in the thick of the swine flu battle, are a worried lot. Thirty-five patients with swine flu-like symptoms died in the last 45 days at the hospital, and not one of them tested positive for swine flu. The doctors still don't know what caused the death of these patients.
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"We requested the National Institute of Virology (NIV) to check tissue samples from these patients for eight to 10combinations of the HN
Originally posted by ohioriver
I wonder how many of those who died received H1N1 Vaccinations? Anyone know?
Flu dogma being rewritten by a strange virus no one pegged to trigger a pandemic
Thursday, 5 November 2009 - 8:46am
By Helen Branswell, Medical Reporter THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO — The World Health Organization’s top flu scientist often describes the virus he’s studied for years as “humbling.”
And Dr. Keiji Fukuda isn’t alone in marvelling at the mercurial nature of influenza. Flu scientists repeat almost as a mantra that the only thing predictable about flu is its unpredictability.
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
Guys, stack up on your Vitamin D
anyone got any more news on this
Mumbai: Is a new flu virus variant in the air which is not H1N1? Too many patients are testing negative for H1N1, and this has become a cause of concern in Maharashtra. While some suspect that suppliers may be providing sub-standard testing medium, there is a serious worry that there is a non-H1N1 virus strain doing the rounds. An analysis of deaths at Pune's Sassoon Hospital revealed that about 30-35% of the patients who died due to H1N1 influenza showed strong clinical symptoms of the virus, but still tested negative. Even in Mumbai, about 12% of the cases had strong symptoms of swine flu but had tested negative. Director of major hospitals Sanjay Oak said the BMC had written to the National Institute of Virology about this observation. "Recently, we lost two patients at Nair Hospital who had classic symptoms of swine flu, but tested negative," he said. "It could be some variant of H1N1 but not classic H1N1, and so the tests are showing negative," he said. Echoing the same concern, Arun Jamkar, dean of BJ Medical College, Pune, said: "We have found that 36 patients who died in Sassoon Hospital had all the classic symptoms of H1N1 and had even responded to Tamiflu, but they tested negative for the virus". He added that there were questions about the modality of collecting and testing the samples.
Twenty-eight-year-old Mohini Santosh Undre from Manjari Khurd of Haveli taluka in Pune district became the 100th H1N1 victim in the district. Mohini, who died of swine flu at Noble Hospital on Thursday, was admitted here on October 27 and was on artificial ventilation. Though the health authorities are gearing up for a possible second wave of the virus with the onset of winter, there are many who feel the level of prepredness in Pune is far from adequate. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) claimed that private hospitals are not being involved and there is a lack of preparedness in case there is a second wave of H1N1 virus. Dr Dilip Sarda, president of city unit of IMA, said only a few hospitals are involved in treatment of swine flu patients. “We are no longer involved in any of the plans of the administration to tackle a second wave,” he said. Ads by Google However, according to Dr Pradeep Awate, epidemiologist with the swine flu cell in Maharashtra, a final draft of the plan for H1N1 virus preparedness was being prepared and that District Collector Chandrakant Dalvi has been convening daily meetings on the issue. Dalvi confirmed that he held a meeting with the health officials on Thursday and said, “though no one is predicting a second wave, we are fully prepared with a draft plan of action”. Dr Arun Jamkar, Dean of Sassoon Hospital, has written to Dalvi and Pune Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Zagade on the need for management of H1N1 critical patients in the city. Jamkar said experts from B J Medical College visited Naidu Hospital and have recommended that the new building complex could be used to house the ICU facility. “At present, the 15-bed Sassoon ICU is utilised to its full and it will take some time for the private hospitals to be prepared,” said Jamkar as he urged that critical care ICU facilities be set up at Naidu Hospital and Aundh General Hospital.
Thirty patients with H1N1-like symptoms have died in the last 45 days at the Sassoon Hospital in Pune. Doctors at Sassoon hospital have said their symptoms were similar to H1N1 but what has them wooed is that none of these patients tested positive for H1N1. Two more patients with similar symptoms are currently under observation for a similar strain. Additionally, tissue samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology for testing. According to NIV, tests are being conducted and the results could take up to a week. Doctors say it is too early to conclude that the H1N1 strain might have mutated. So far, there have been 478 H1N1 deaths in India.
Originally posted by princeofpeace
Ummmm Vitamin D why? Vitamin C and Zinc are far more effective for immune system enhancement.
Medical teams have reached the affected villages where they are distributing medicines to patients and collecting blood samples for examinations.
“A major reason behind the spread of viral fever and jaundice in both the villages is the lack of cleanliness,” said Singh.
He pointed out that several areas in both the villages are under water. “No affected person is in a serious condition,” he claimed.
100th swine flu victim dies in Pune Nov 6 In Pune, the death toll due to swine flu has risen to 100 following death of a 28 year old woman on Thursday. Ten more patients have tested positive and five are in critical condition in various hospitals in Pune. The district administration and health department has prepared an action plan for a second possible wave of swine flu. It has planed more intensive care units, isolation wards and medical as well as paramedical workers. According to Collector of Pune, this plan would be submitted to the state government soon for final approval.