The latest list of swine flu casualties includes the death of Ujwala Gayake a 31-year-old pregnant woman in Aurangabad.

Gayake, hailing from Kannad taluka succumbed to the influenza, taking the death toll due to the virus in the state to two so far this month.

“Ujwala Gayake, a resident of Shivnagar village in Kannad taluka in Aurangabad district, was in the last month of her second trimester. She succumbed to the diseases on August 8 while undergoing treatment at the Government Medical College and Hospital,” said the deputy director heath, Aurangabad circle, D N Patil.

Admitted to ICU in critical condition
According to sources, Gayake fell ill last week and complained of breathlessness, cough, cold, and fever. Initially, she was under medication at a private hospital for three days. However, when Gayake exhibited no improvement she was shifted to GMCH on August 6 in a critical condition.

Gayake was suffering from chronic respiratory condition and all the peripheral problems added to the complications of the influenza and she met her tragic end on Thursday. The cause of her death was documented as acute respiratory distress syndrome, bilateral bronchopneumonia – H1N1 infection and cardio respiratory arrest.

“Her condition worsened Wednesday onwards and she was put on ventilator support but she succumbed to the disease on Thursday. Her throat swab sent to National Institute of Virology ( NIV) tested positive for swine flu on Thursday,” said a GMCH doctor.

The 1st fatality
Earlier, Ashok Panditrao Pole (35) a resident of Swarkheda village in Hingoli district fell prey to the infectious disease on July 27. Ashok was undergoing medical treatment at a private hospital as a suspected patient of viral infection for ten days.

He was admitted to the village based civil hospital on July 23 in critical condition, but when his symptoms worsened and his state started deteriorating he was shifted to Nanded GMCH on July 24. His swab samples tested positive for H1N1 virus.

“Since the patient approached the government hospital quite late, his condition deteriorated with oxygen saturation lowering, and he had to be put on a ventilator but succumbed to the virus on the evening of July 27,” said Patil.

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