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BIRMINGHAM CHILD SWINE FLU VICTIM

29-06-2009

Health officials have confirmed that a child has died of swine flu in Birmingham - the first fatality arising from the illness in the West Midlands. Reports suggest the victim was a 9-year old girl.

The youngster passed away at the Children’s Hospital on Friday evening (26 June) - although she tested positive for swine flu, there were other underlying health conditions.

Dr Helen Carter, Consultant in Public Health, NHS West Midlands said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the patients at this very sad time. The family have asked for the patient’s identity to be kept private and we will not be releasing any further details. We ask that you respect the families’ privacy at this difficult time.

“The West Midlands have 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.

“I would like to urge everyone that there are some simple steps that the public can take to reduce their chances of catching flu.”

Today it was announced that there is now a total of 2104 confirmed cases of swine flu in the West Midlands. 558 were confirmed today, Monday 28 June.

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