Bhopal: A 37-year-old man has succumbed to swine flu at a private hospital here, officials said on Thursday.

Anil Holey was undergoing treatment for pneumonia since March 25 at a private hospital here. However, as his condition deteriorated, doctors suspected it to be a case of swine flu and referred him to another hospital where he was kept on an artificial support. However, he died yesterday, they said.

Director Health Services, Dr AN Mittal said that test reports have confirmed that the patient died of swine flu.

He said though it was an isolated case, the authorities are keeping a close watch on the development.

Dr P N Agrawal, who treated Holey, said he was admitted in his hospital in a critical condition suffering with viral and lungs pneumonia on March 25.

Holey was put on a ventilator support and since he was showing all symptoms of H1N1 infection, his blood sample was sent to a Jabalpur-based laboratory through the Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

The report received last evening said that the blood sample tested positive for the viral strain.

Doctors are also keeping a watch on his family members, Agrawal said.