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Swine Flu Patient Dies in Iceland

An 18-year-old multihandicapped girl, who was infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus, died yesterday morning at Barnaspítali Hringsins children’s hospital in Reykjavík. This is the first fatality due to the swine flu epidemic in Iceland.

The girl fell ill 11 days earlier and was admitted to hospital on Thursday last week. A statement released on behalf of Chief Epidemiologist at the Directorate of Health, Haraldur Briem, notes that the treatment the girl received, both at home and at the hospital, had been very good and in keeping with the circumstances, visir.is reports.

According to Morgunbladid, the main cause of the girl’s death is believed to be a long-term lung disease that she suffered from.

“It is unlikely to be over,” Briem answered when asked whether the swine flu epidemic could cause other deaths.

Swine flu vaccination began in Iceland last week and people are considered to respond well to the vaccine.

Almost all healthcare workers, who are in the first priority group, have been vaccinated and now police officers, firefighters, emergency team members, MPs, ministers and other high-ranking officials are next.

A statement from the Directorate of Health, published on visir.is, says that the epidemic is still progressing, especially in the capital region but also in other regions.

Confirmed cases have doubled every week for the past three weeks, compared to the number of confirmed cases in the last week of September.

At noon yesterday, 26 swine flu patients were being cared for at the Landspítali National Hospital, four of whom had been admitted to intensive care.

Since the epidemic began, 60 people have been admitted to the hospital infected with the H1N1 virus. Healthcare workers are under considerable pressure.

From June 29 to October 18, 2009, 3,660 reports on influenza-like symptoms have been received; confirmed cases of swine flu are 479.

According to Morgunbladid, eight people have died because of the swine flu in Norway and two in Sweden. In Denmark, the epidemic has not proven severe.

Click here to read more about the swine flu in Iceland.

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