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Britain suffered its fourth swine flu death yesterday as experts warned there could be more than 40 fatalities a day by the end of the summer.
And more than 100,000 people a day could contract the disease after the Government admitted this week its spread was out of control.
And health chiefs are terrified on learning that a major drug used to combat the virus may now no longer be effective.
Health Secretary Alan Burnham said yesterday: “We have always known it would be impossible to contain the virus indefinitely.
“We need to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”
All four Brits killed by the virus – including the 19-year-old Londoner who died yesterday – had suffered other health problems. But the speed at which the disease is spreading means that healthy young people will also be under threat before long.
And with one death occurring every 2,500 cases, the illness could be claiming 40 lives a day by the autumn.
SANTIAGO, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Chilean health authorities on Friday reported two newly-confirmed A/H1N1 flu deaths, which brought the country's overall flu-related deaths to 19, out of a total of 7,342 infections.
One of the victims, a 36-year-old student paramedical technician, was viewed as an unusual case, because he did not have any pre-existing conditions. He died of pneumonia after being hospitalized on June 28 in the Conception Regional Hospital, where he had been doing his medical practice.
The other victim, a 38-year-old truck drier named Anselmo Urrutia, had suffered complications relating to obesity. He died of multiple organ failure in Santiago's Chest Hospital in the early hours of Friday.
Urrutia was transferred to the hospital on June 20 from the southern city of Puerto Montt. He had been breathing with the help of a respirator since June 17, when he was diagnosed with pneumonia.
MONTEVIDEO, July 3 (Xinhua) -- A 56-year-old woman has died of A/H1N1 flu, raising Uruguay's total death toll in the new flu outbreak to four, hospital authorities said on Friday.
The patient had suffered from diabetes and severe obesity, and was a smoker. Both factors were believed to have helped worsen the situation, said Guido Manini, director of the Military Hospital in Uruguay's capital, Montevideo.
Two other patients, one 54-year-old in Montevideo and the other60-year-old in Maldonado, 140 km from the capital, died of A/H1N1 flu on Thursday. Both had suffered health problems before contracting the flu, Uruguay's Public Health Ministry said earlier.
Uruguay's first confirmed death from the flu occurred on Monday, said the ministry, adding that the country now has a total of 132 confirmed infections.
Earlier this week, the Hawaii state department of health confirmed that an Oahu woman in her late 60s is Hawaii's first fatality linked to the A/H1N1 flu virus.
The woman died on June 19 at Tripler Army Medical Center, the department said in a news release on Monday, adding that the A/H1N1 flu infection had contributed to underlying medical conditions that caused the death.
A second South Dakotan is now hospitalized because of the swine flu.
This means across the state eight new cases have been reported in just a week including a case in brown county.
Hospital officials in Aberdeen have not confirmed whether the person in the hospital is the same case coming out of brown county.
There are now 33 cases of the H1N1 virus in South Dakota. Here is a breakdown by county:
Minnehaha county leads the state with 11 confirmed cases of the swine flu virus. The next county with many cases is Pennington County where six cases of the swine flu have been confirmed.
Lincoln, Beadle, Dewey, and Yankton counties all have two cases each of the swine flu.
The rest of these counties have one confirmed case each---Brown, Butte, Davison, Fall River, Haakon, Spink, Turner, and Union.
Avera St. Luke's officials in Aberdeen will have a statement about the swine flu on Monday.
Wellington, July 4 (DPA) Three people have died of swine flu in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health announced Saturday, reporting the country’s first fatalities from the H1N1 virus.
It said the chief coroner had reported that it was “strongly probable” the H1N1 virus was a major factor in the death of a 19-year-old man in Hamilton Sunday and a 42-year-old man in Christchurch Thursday.
A ministry statement said that a young girl with underlying medical conditions died Saturday morning in Wellington Hospital after testing positive for swine flu.
Health Minister Tony Ryall said swine flu was continuing to spread throughout the community, but there was no cause for alarm.
Mark Jacobs, director of public health, said: “For most New Zealanders, swine flu will be a mild illness, but in some instances, the infection can cause more severe illness and, in a few tragic instances, death.”
He said that 945 confirmed cases had now been reported in New Zealand, up from 912 on Friday.
Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint is recovering from a "mild bout" of swine flu, his publicist has said.
Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, took a few days off filming but has now returned to the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
And he is well enough to attend the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in London on Tuesday.
"He has now recovered and is looking forward to joining his fellow cast members," his publicist said.
BANGKOK, July 4 - Thailand‘s Ministry of Public Health confirmed Saturday that one more fatality has occurred from influenza A(H1N1), raising the country‘s death toll from the new virus strain to seven.
Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nopamornbodhi said the seventh victim was a 37 year-old woman from Ratchaburi who died on Friday night.
He said the victim suffered fever since June 25-26 and was admitted to hospital in Ratchaburi on July 2 with a lung infection.
She was not on an earlier observation list, he said, as the medical professionals were unaware that she had contracted A(H1N1) until lab tests indicated the virus after she had died.
The victim’s six family members were put under doctor's observation.