IT professional dies of swine flu

CHENNAI: A 40-year-old IT professional died of swine flu on Wednesday at the Sri Ramachandra Medical Hospital in Chennai taking the total number of A(H1N1) flu deaths in the State to 13. The latest death has also triggered panic among the colleagues of the victim.

The deceased, Ramesh, an IT company employee at Anna Nagar, had high fever for the past one week, his colleague said. “As he did not respond to medicines, he was admitted to a hospital five days ago. He tested positive for H1N1 on Tuesday. On Wednesday around 4 am, he succumbed.”

Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine T Porkai Pandian confirmed that Ramesh died of A(H1N1) influenza. When Ramesh’s colleagues learnt about the death, they rushed to the corporation laboratory at Valluvar Kottam to take their swine flu vaccine shot. Speaking to Express, one colleague said that there was panic in the office ever since he was hospitalised.

“On Tuesday, everyone was scared after Ramesh had tested positive for the flu. Today, the news of his death came as a shock,” he said. He pointed out that it would be better if the vaccinations were provided by the company as most IT employees do not find time to go out for taking the vaccination administered by the corporation labs, which gets over by afternoon. Apart from the 13 deaths, a city college lecturer died two days back and 626 others have tested positive, official sources said.

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