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A pregnant teenager from the Borders has become the 15th person in Scotland to die from swine flu.
The 17-year-old is understood to have died in the past 24 hours though no further details have been released.
This tragic death highlights that some groups are at greater risk and should take up the offer of vaccination
Originally posted by dizziedame
My 14 year old great niece is fighting for her life in the hospital.
She had the swine flu 5 weeks ago and then got pneumonia.
During the time she was in the emergency room Monday 4 other teens were also admitted with pneumonia. Three of those went home from the hospital today.
Michelle's father was given emergency leave from the Air Force to come to Georgia to be with her.
The H1N1 hits hard when it hits home. This child is or was the picture of health and an outstanding student with no underlying conditions.
Swine flu doctors 'unnerved' by patients' decline
The number of people in intensive care with swine flu has reached its highest point yet, with 99 people currently in critical care beds out of a total of 506 in hospital.
Sir Liam said intensive care specialists have told him privately that they are 'unnerved by the severity off the illness and how quickly it can develop'. He said some patients are 'getting into a life and death situation very early on'.
The number of patients in intensive care has risen from 74 last week. The proportion of patients in hospital who are in critical care has remained at around 12 to 13 per cent since the outbreak began but is now been at 20 per cent for two weeks.
The reason for the sudden jump in the number of patients with suffering with severe swine flu is unknown.
Sir Liam said the virus has not changed and further data will be collected to establish if there are common factors linking the patients in critical care, such as underlying illnesses.
Paediatric intensive care beds are under particular pressure with 17 per cent of beds in some areas taken up by swine flu patients.
Plans are in place to double intensive care bed capacity as cases rise and health officials said that is now becoming more likely.
One in four of the patients in intensive care is under the age of 16.
The number of people who have died so far in the outbreak has increased to 122 in the UK, with 93 of them in England.
Sir Liam said over half of the deaths were in people aged under 45 and that this was a "very unusual pattern for flu".
Older people seem to have some residual immunity against the H1N1 virus from previous pandemics involving similar strains, research has suggested, and swine flu is hitting young age groups harder.
One in five deaths has been in children under the age of 15 and a further 34 per cent has been in people aged between 16 and 44, data from the Department of Health showed.
Sir Liam said the swine flu pandemic will see unprecedented pressure on the health service for months to come as the second wave of the disease takes hold over the winter.
Cases almost doubled in the last week with an estimated 53,000 new diagnoses of H1N1 in England in the last seven days.
Revised predictions for the course of the disease over the coming winter were released by the Department of Health showing that at its peak week 1.5 million people may be ill.
SWINE FLU DOUBLES IN A WEEK
Worrying leap to 53,000
Cases of swine flu have almost doubled in a week with more young people being hit and fears that hospitals may soon be struggling to cope.
Figures yesterday showed an estimated 53,000 new cases in the past seven days - up from 27,000 the previous week.
The total is now put at 435,000 and experts believe it could peak at 1.5million a week which would put huge pressure on the NHS.
As a girl of nine was feared one of the latest victims, Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson said he was concerned by the high proportion of deaths in younger age groups.
He was also worried by the number of hospital cases, which have risen in England to 506, with 99 people in critical care.
Of these, 23 are 15 or under, 73 are between 16 and 64 and just three are 65 or over.
The death of the nine-year-old was reported from East Surrey Hospital in Redhill.
She was a Year 5 student at the Three Bridges Junior School near Crawley. In a letter to parents, head Matthew Westgarth said: "The cause of death is not yet known. However swine flu may be a contributory factor."