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Swine flu claims first European death, as cases worldwide rise to 36 000

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 16 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2470
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The first death from A(H1N1) flu in Europe has been confirmed in Scotland, a 38 year old woman, as the number of cases of the infection in the United Kingdom rose to 1320.

    The latest global figures from the World Health Organization, as the BMJ went to press, show that there were 36 022 confirmed cases of A/H1N1 infection in 76 countries, including 164 deaths.

    Last week WHO officially declared the virus as an influenza pandemic—the first since 1968—and raised its alert status to phase 6, reflecting the geographic spread of the virus, not its severity (BMJ 2009;338:b2425, doi:10.1136/bmj.b2425).

    In the United Kingdom, which has by far the greatest number of …

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