A person has died of Influenza A virus, which is also known as swine flu, on Thursday night.
Isup Miyan, 41, of Tanahun district died of respiratory complications caused by the Influenza virus, according to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH).
TUTH Director Dipak Mahara said that Miyan, who was receiving treatment at Grande International Hospital in Kathmandu, was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of TUTH four days ago as his health continued to worsen due to the flu infection.
“He was brought to our hospital in a critical stage. He died on Thursday night,” said Mahara.
Before being admitted to Grande, Miyan was receiving treatment at Manipal Teaching Hospital in Pokhara.
The Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) of the Department of Health Services (DOHS), which is the authorized agency to confirm the infection, said that around five people have died from swine flu virus over the past few months.
“All the deceased victims were patients of chronic diseases,” informed Baburam Marasini, director of EDCD.
He, however, maintained that the flu has not had the same severe implications as in the past.
According to EDCD, around two dozens people lose their life due to the flu-related complications annually in the country. The flu is common in Nepal.
People with low immunity are highly vulnerable to the virus. Infants, elderly and ailing people with diminished immunity have high chances of getting infected by the virus.
The threat of the virus is high in the month of February, according to EDCD.
“So, we have started sprinkling medicine powders in densely populated areas in the capital as well as other parts of the country to lessen the threat,” informed Director Marasini.