German tourist dies of swine flu in Austria

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A German tourist infected with swine flu died on New Year's Day in the Austrian town of Saalbach near Salzburg, a health official said Wednesday.

The man, 24, was already sick before his arrival in Austria and was therefore part of a high-risk group, the regional health director for Salzburg, Christoph Koenig, told ORF public television.

The World Health Organisation declared the swine flu pandemic over in August, more than a year after the H1N1 virus that emerged from Mexico sparked panic and killed thousands of people around the world before fizzling out.

© 2011 AFP

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