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Jun 30, 2009, 7:15 GMT Madrid - A young woman died of the H1N1 influenza Tuesday in Madrid, becoming the first victim of the disease known as swine flu on the European continent, the Spanish Health Ministry said.
Three people have died on the British Isles of the disease.
Two more serious cases were meanwhile announced in Spain, bringing the total to three.
The woman who died also suffered from asthma, officials said.
The woman of Moroccan origin, who had turned 20 shortly before her death, was 28 weeks pregnant. Doctors performed a cesarean section on her on Monday due to the seriousness of her condition.
The patient was suffering from breathing difficulties, and had caught pneumonia after becoming infected with H1N1. She had been in an intensive care unit at a Madrid hospital since June 15.
Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez said the patient died of a 'respiratory disease linked with H1N1.' Doctors had previously sent her home three times after she came to hospital because of high fever, the daily El Mundo reported.
It was unclear where the young woman, who was an accomplished athlete, had caught the disease. She had not travelled abroad recently, according to family members quoted by the daily.
Spain has 717 confirmed cases of swine flu. One among them, a 32-year old man, is in serious condition in Tarragona in the east.
Madrid health officials announced two more serious cases, a 8-year-old child and a 35-year-old woman.
Influenza A allegedly claims three more victims
Three more people died in Argentina after contracting influenza A, reported the chief of medicine at the Italian Hospital in Buenos Aires Alejandra Valledor during an interview to a local radio.
The physician said the victims have "not been included" in the lists of influenza A fatalities made by the Health Ministry. Valledor claimed the government is "underreporting" the number of deaths and cases. The Health Minister has confirmed 29 deaths.
She added that hospitals in different parts of the country have been "overcrowded" due to the large number of patients who contacted the deadly illness.
Sources of the Emergency Room of the Argerich hospital told The Herald it had "collapsed" as a result of the large number of cases, and added that breathing machines might not be enough to cope with the growing demand.
At least three people have died of swine flu in that hospital in the city of Buenos Aires, including a 25-year-old man, the source added, describing the "incredible speed of the illness, which leads people to cough to death in a matter of days."
As part of the measures to combat the illness, eight provinces have suspended classes: Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero, Corrientes, San Luis, Neuquén, Entre Ríos, Misiones and Río Negro. The province of Chaco is reportedly analyzing to suspend the activities of the provincial public servants to prevent combat the spreading illness among employees of the provincial government.
Two more Phila. deaths from swine flu confirmed
Two more Philadelphia residents have died of complications related to swine flu, officials with the city Department of Public Health said last night.
Both patients - a man and a woman - were described only as middle-aged adults with underlying medical conditions whose infections were confirmed posthumously late last week.
The deaths in Philadelphia, only one of which was included in yesterday's update by the state Department of Health, were the fourth and fifth in Pennsylvania attributed to influenza A(H1N1). and the third in Philadelphia.
Six people have died in New Jersey, all in the northern part of the state.
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware were among 12 states with widespread influenza, a measure of geographic spread that does not indicate severity or type of flu, for the week ending June 20, the latest surveillance report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A CDC official estimated on Thursday that as many as one million Americans had been infected with swine flu, with rates as high as 6 percent in some urban populations.
Like those with seasonal flu, most patients with H1N1 have not been formally tested. - Don Sapatkin
Posted: 1:49 pm
June 30, 2009
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. -- Long Island's Suffolk County has recorded a fourth death linked to swine flu.
County health officials said Tuesday the victim, a Smithtown man between the ages of 45 and 55, had underlying medical problems.
Suffolk Health Commissioner Dr. Humayun Chaudhry (HOO'-mah-yoon CHAW'-dree) says the man died Tuesday and had been hospitalized since mid-June.
Suffolk County has 117 confirmed cases of swine flu. Most of those confirmed to have the virus have recovered or are recovering.
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