Three patients die of swine flu at PIMS


Three more persons on Thursday died of swine flu while 13 more patients were admitted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) here.

Federal Health Ministry sources confirmed the death of three swine flu patients at the capital’s biggest hospital. The PIMS authorities have set up a two-bed isolation ward for the treatment of patients suffering from swine flu.

The sources said that blood samples of patients from Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Multan had been received for verification of swine flu.

It may be added that five patients affected by swine flu virus were admitted to Nishtar Hospital, Multan on Wednesday, raising the number of patients suffering from the virus to 24.

Forty-year-old Sallah Arfa and 35-year-old Sultan of Dera Ismail Khan, 39-year-old Shehnaz of Sargodha, 10-year-old Iqra from Jampur and 50-year-old Attya from Dera Ghazi Khan were brought to Nishtar Hospital.

Swine flu virus mostly attack weak and less immune people.

In 2009-2010 the H1N1 swine flu pandemic spread from central Mexico to 74 countries including India, killing some 284,000 people according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 2,700 died in India of swine flu between May 2009 and December 2010. Last year, India recorded 218 swine flu-related deaths and 937 cases, down from 2013, when 699 died.