Death toll reaches to six as another swine flu patient dies in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: Death toll from Swine flu has reached six in Rawalpindi after a 87-year-old man passed away at a hospital on Tuesday morning.


Syed Hassan was shifted to the hospital after he was tested positive for H1N1 virus one week ago.

EDO Health claimed that the patient had recovered from the disease but he has died due to asthma and allergy.

On the other hand, Punjab Government has alerted the hospitals due to rising swine flu cases across the province. After which, dengue ward of Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi has been converted into swine flu ward.

The hospital staff has been directed to remain on duty round the clock. A control room and monitoring cell has also been established to monitor the situation.

At least 54 people have been affected throughout the province by the illness until now.

Swine flu, according to experts, is a respiratory disease caused by the H1N1 strain, a subtype of the influenza A virus, that also circulated among pigs.

In 2009-10, swine flu spread from central Mexico around the world. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that it killed 284,000 people in 12 months.

H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu, has killed more than 1,500 people in India last year, compared with 218 in 2014. India says the strain is the same as the one that killed an estimated 284,000 people in the global pandemic of 2009-10.