Man dies of Influenza A at SKIMS, toll 11

Junaid Bazaz

Srinagar: A 27-year-old man from Shopian who died at SKIMS, Soura, on Monday had tested positive for influenza A viral infection, SKIMS director Dr Showkat Zargar said.
What strain of the virus—H1N1, H3N2, H3N2 (variant) or H2N3—caused his death will be confirmed by a second test whose results will be known on Tuesday, he said.
The patient had been admitted to the hospital on Friday and was on ventilator support since then.
According to Zargar, two tests are conducted on suspected swine flu patients. The first to confirm whether a patient is Influenza A positive or not and the second, which is carried out only if first tests is positive, detects which strain of the virus had caused the infection.
The latest death has taken the toll to 11 in the state. At present, four patients have been admitted to the isolation ward and throat swab samples taken from 10 other suspected patients have tested positive for Influenza A.
Also, 60 patients suffering from respiratory ailments were examined on Monday at the OPD set up exclusively at SKIMS for detection and treatment of suspected swine flu patients. Last week, out of more than a 1000 patients examined at the OPD, 190 patients have tested positive.
According to Doctors Association of Kashmir president Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan, there is a need for carrying out a genetic study of the virus that has caused fatalities in Kashmir because H1N1 is known to kill high-risk individuals such as diabetics, but in Kashmir young healthy adults too have died. Dr Zargar said there was no need for such a study.