Two more people in UK die from swine flu, as swabbing policy ends in “hot spot” areas

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 30 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2670
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Two more people have died in the United Kingdom after contracting the A/H1N1 virus, while some GPs in so called hot spot areas are now handling the virus in a different way from how they did at the start of the epidemic.

    A young schoolgirl in Birmingham and a 73 year old man in Paisley have died. Officials said they had tested positive for the virus, but it has not yet been confirmed whether the virus was the main cause of their death.

    The man, who has not yet been named, died at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, the same hospital where the first flu victim, 38 year old Jacqueline Fleming, died in June.

    The girl, 6 year old Sameerah Ahmad, died at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. In both cases the patients had serious underlying health problems.

    As the BMJ went to press on Tuesday 30 June the confirmed number of cases worldwide …

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