Death of woman puts Mysuru city on alert
MYSURU: Panic is spreading through Mysuru district, after one person died of H1N1 on Sunday. The district has so far reported 17 suspected H1N1 cases since January, of who three tested positive; all three belong to Mysuru city.
While a 43-year old woman died in a private hospital where she was admitted on February 10, one other patient is still undergoing treatment, while the third has been discharged.
Though the number of suspected cases is on the rise, the district health department is yet to get vaccines for its health workers treating suspected or positive H1N1 patients. This, despite an advisory from the Centre that health workers in contact with such patients should be vaccinated. But all health workers are wearing protective gear.
Last year, among 97 suspected cases, 21 were found positive. The district had recorded one H1N1 death in 2014.
Meanwhile, the Mysuru district administration on Monday reviewed the situation and asked officials to create awareness. DC C Shikha said the city is a tourist hub and attracts visitors from across India. The influenza will create panic in case it isn’t contained, she told officials, asking them to open information centres at tourist spots. She said the district has enough medicines to tackle the situation. “Compared to last year, the number of cases reported is almost the same. Among the suspected and positive H1N1 cases, a couple of cases are related to migrants,” DHO Dr HT Puttaswamy said, claiming the first death of the season.
He said he had written to the state health department to provide vaccines to health workers treating these patients. To confirm whether the patients have contracted H1N1, the samples are sent to Nimhans or Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru. Puttaswamy mentioned that once such a laboratory is set up in Mysuru, it will help doctors treat patients much better. To get the report from Bengaluru, the district health department needs to wait for two or three days.