Society & Culture

H1N1 death toll rises to three

March 21 10:39 2017

A 46-year-old expatriate who died while undergoing treatment at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé on Sunday night was the third fatality from the H1N1 flu virus this year.

The IGMH spokesman told local media that the Bangladeshi man was brought to the capital from the northern island of Kulhudhufushi after his condition deteriorated. He was undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit when he passed away.

The two previous victims were a 27-year-old man who died on March 4 and a 51-year-old woman who died last week. Both were Maldivians.

According to statistics made public by the Health Protection Agency on Monday, 147 out of 411 suspected cases tested have tested positive for the H1N1 type of influenza virus.

Some 22 patients were also hospitalised as of Sunday.

Schools and state universities were closed last Tuesday on the advice of the health authorities after surveillance testing revealed that H1N1 was spreading rapidly amid a seasonal outbreak of the flu and viral fever.

According to the health ministry, about 3,000 flu and viral fever cases a week were previously reported across the Maldives, but the number of cases rose to about 5,000 a week on average in late February.

The HPA’s latest figures show that flu clinic consultations nationwide has fallen from a peak of 2,649 on Thursday to 1,733 on Sunday.

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Source URL:  Maldives Independent

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