Monday, June 22, 2009

Philippines Reports First Swine Flu Death

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 22, 2009) – A Filipino woman has died from the deadly Influenza A (H1N1) virus in Manila, health officials said on Monday.

Officials said the 49-year old woman’s autopsy showed that she died congestive heart failure and acute myocardial infarction aggravated by pneumonia. The death was the first in the Philippines, which has more than 400 reported cases of swine flu.

There were no details about the woman’s background or where she got the virus, but her family claimed the victim had flu symptoms before she died on June 19, two days later after the woman complained of difficulty in breathing, chills and dry cough.

It was unknown whether the woman’s family members were also infected with the virus or not.
Swine flu is a highly contagious form of human influenza caused by a filterable virus identical or related to a virus formerly isolated from infected swine. (Mindanao Examiner)

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