Mexican flu claims another victim in Netherlands

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The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment RIVM has announced that another person has died of the Mexican flu.

The victim is an adult who was already seriously ill. The RIVM has refused to say whether the victim was a man or a woman or where they lived. The death occurred in October last year, but the RIVM did not release the news until today. On Tuesday, the RIVM announced the deaths of two children from Nijmegen who died of Mexican flu in late December.

The Nijmegen health authorities say they are receiving numerous phone calls from concerned parents seeking information about the Mexican flu. A spokesperson said that many parents want to know whether their children should be vaccinated, but current policy is to advise parents against it. The health authorities are advising parents to consult their GP in case of serious flu symptoms such as shortness of breath and a rapid deterioration of the patient's condition.

The two children who died were not referred to a hospital when they visited an emergency doctor's practice in Nijmegen in December. They both died the day after their visit. The emergency doctor's practice reported both cases to the Health Inspectorate, which has launched an investigation. A spokesperson for the practice said that the symptoms of Mexican flu closely resemble those of the regular flu.


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