A 51-year-old woman who tested positive for the H1N1 swine flu virus died Wednesday night while undergoing treatment at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé.
Local media has identified the deceased as Fathmath Ismail from the island of Nilandhoo in Faafu atoll. Family members told newspaper Mihaaru that she was breathing with the help of a ventilator when she passed away.
The IGMH has yet to confirm the cause of death to the media.
A 27-year-old man who died on March 4 of acute respiratory distress syndrome had also tested positive for H1N1.
Citing a family member, Mihaaru reported that the woman was transferred to the main public hospital in Malé earlier this week after she showed symptoms of high fever and body aches.
Online paper VFP reported that the deceased was a kidney patient who was taken to IGMH for dialysis when she tested positive for the H1N1 virus type.
In its daily update on the flu outbreak, the Health Protection Agency meanwhile revealed that the number of confirmed H1N1 cases has reached 105 out of 335 suspected cases tested as of Tuesday.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent