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Swine flu outbreak in Assam: Second Infant Dies of H1N1

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Silchar, May 8: A sudden outbreak of the H1N1 flu (swine flu) has claimed the life of a four-month-old in Assam’s Barak Valley on Tuesday, according to the health department.

This marks the second such death in Assam and the first death at SMCH in recent days. Two others, including an infant, are admitted with this virus infection in Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH), officials said.

According to health officials, the infant, Arman Hussain Laskar, was admitted to SMCH on April 12 with influenza-like symptoms and tested positive for H1N1. Despite undergoing treatment, the child was declared dead on Tuesday.

Earlier, Farhana Khanam Begum Laskar, the 1.5-year-old kid who was admitted to SMCH with an H1N1 infection, died after being admitted to a private Hospital in Hailakandi by her parents against the advice of the doctors at SMCH.

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According to reports, she was referred to SMCH on April 30. RT-PCR Test confirmed that she was infected with the H1N1 virus.

According to Dr. Ashutosh Barman, Joint Director of Health, two patients are currently undergoing treatment for swine flu at SMCH, while another patient has recovered and been discharged. The origin of the infection strain remains untraced, and an investigation is underway to find the source.

He reiterated that there is no need to panic, but adopting precautions is necessary to prevent the spread of the disease.

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