Spain records ninth death from swine flu

11th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

The 28-year-old woman died from complications linked to the A(H1N1) virus.

Madrid – A 28-year-old woman has died of swine flu in Spain, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the disease in the country to nine, the health ministry said Monday.

The woman died in a hospital in the eastern city of Valencia from "complications linked to the A(H1N1) flu," the ministry said, without giving further details.

On 30 June, a 20-year-old Moroccan woman who was seven months pregnant became the first person to die of swine flu in Spain.

The health ministry on Friday said that 12,270 people, mostly teenagers and young adults, contracted swine flu in the country between 27 July and 2 August.

The ministry no longer gives a total number of confirmed cases of the A(H1N1) virus, providing instead an estimate of new cases based on medical reports from a representative sample of the population.

More than 1,000 people have died of the A(H1N1) virus around the world since it first surfaced in Mexico in April. The World Health Organisation has warned that the pandemic is now unstoppable, having spread to most countries.

AFP / Expatica

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