Swine flu: Eight-year-old boy dies in Bengal, toll rises to 3 in state

Kolkata: An eight-year-old boy died today due to swine flu, taking the toll in the state to three since January, a health official said.

"The boy, who was admitted in a critical condition seven days back at BC Roy Hospital in Beliaghata, died early this morning. He stopped responding to treatment and was put on ventilation," Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Moloy Dey told PTI.

The boy was suffering from high fever for a few weeks and was brought to BC Roy Hospital only when the private hospital failed to treat him, Dey said.

 Swine flu: Eight-year-old boy dies in Bengal, toll rises to 3 in state

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So far, 47 people have been infected by the H1V1 virus in the state though nobody is critical, he said.

"There is no scarcity of medicine for swine flu in the state and we are prepared to face any situation. There is nothing to panic about," he said.

The state government has created a ward specially meant for swine flu patients at BC Roy Hospital.

PTI

Updated Date: Feb 20, 2015 15:16:04 IST