Bangalore: Two women, both aged 27, died of swine flu in Bangalore, raising the toll here due to the virus to five and across the country to 27. With this, Bangalore accounts for the second largest number of flu deaths after Pune, where the toll is 12.
Besides Pune and Bangalore, one person each has died due to the viral disease in Ahmedabad, Nashik, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Raipur and Bilaspur, and two each in Mumbai and Vadodara.
Increasing risk: People waiting to undergo the swine flu test at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases in Bangalore. Shailendra Bhojak / PTI
Shamshad Begum and Shilpa Hegde died of the infection at different hospitals here, health officials said on Sunday. Their test reports confirmed swine flu virus, officials said.
Admitted to Baptist Hospital on 10 August, Begum was suffering from shortness of breath for the past three months and from cough and cold and fever lately, medical superintendent Chandy Abraham said.
She was diagnosed with cardiovascular problems and signs of early pneumonia, but she later showed symptoms of A/H1N1 influenza and her throat swab tested positive on Saturday night, Abraham and a health official said.