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Subject: First UK swine flu patient death

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/14/09 at 3:01 pm

A patient with swine flu has died in hospital, a Scottish government spokesman has confirmed.

The patient had underlying health conditions and was one of 10 people who were being treated in hospital in the greater Glasgow area.

This is the first death in the UK of someone with swine flu since the outbreak began.

The swine flu virus has infected almost 500 people in Scotland alone - with 35 new cases being confirmed on Sunday.

A statement issued by the Scottish Government said: "With regret, we can confirm that one of the patients who had been in hospital, and had been confirmed as suffering from the H1N1 virus, has died today.

"The patient had underlying health conditions."

The statement added that, at the family's request, no further details will be released.

The UK government outlined measures it has taken to combat the outbreak earlier this week.

Ministers urged people not to alter their normal behaviour and follow hand hygiene guidelines.


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