Three more patients fall prey to swine flu in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Three more people have fallen prey to swine flu in Islamabad on Thursday.

According to health ministry, as many as three people have been died due to the disease so far while more than 13 shifted to the hospital, a private news channel reported.

PIMS hospital has formed an isolation ward comprised of two beds in the hospital where the patients are under proper treatment.

The ministry stated that samples from Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Multan have been received in a suspicion of swine flu.

Earlier, five more patients affected by swine flu virus were shifted to Nishtar Hospital, Multan on Wednesday, raising the number of patients affected by the virus to 24.

According to details, 40-year-old Sallah Arfa and 35-year-old Sultan of Dera Ismail Khan, 39-year-old Shehnaz of Sargodha, 10-year-old Iqra from Jampur and 50-year-old Attya from Dera Ghazi Khan were brought to Nishtar Hospital.

Swine flu virus mostly attack weaker and less immune people.

In 2009-10, the H1N1 swine flu pandemic spread from central Mexico to other countries including India, killing an estimated 284,000 people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 2,700 died in India of swine flu between May 2009 and December 2010.

Last year, India recorded 218 swine flu-related deaths and 937 cases, down from 2013, when 699 died.