Swine flu claims third UK victim

A nine-year-old has died after contracting swine flu, a Midlands hospital has confirmed.

Patient with face mask (Photograph: iStockPhoto)
Patient with face mask (Photograph: iStockPhoto)

The child, who had ‘serious underlying health conditions’, died on 26 June.

‘We can sadly confirm that a child died at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on Friday evening (26 June),’ a spokeswoman for the hospital said. ‘The child has since tested positive for swine flu but had other serious underlying health conditions.’

This is the third confirmed death in an individual with swine flu in the UK. Both other deaths have also occurred in people with underlying health problems.

Latest Health Protection Agency figures reveal that there are now 5,937 laboratory confirmed cases of swine flu in the UK.
The number of cases rose by more than 28% over the weekend.

Dr Helen Carter, a consultant in public health at NHS West Midlands said: ‘The West Midlands has seen the highest number of cases of swine flu.  It is important to remember that our experience here has been that the vast majority of cases with swine flu are mild.’



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