Second swine-flu death in UK


Britain suffered its second death from H1N1 flu late yesterday after a 73-year-old man with serious previous health problems died from the virus in a Scottish hospital, Scotland's health minister said today.

"Although it is concerning that the patient had swine flu, we are aware that the patient had very serious underlying health issues," said Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon.

"It's important to remember that the vast majority of those who have H1N1 are suffering from relatively mild symptoms," she added.

Europe's first death from H1N1 flu, commonly known as swine flu, occurred in Scotland on June 14th.

Elsewhere, Brazil had its first death from the H1N1 influenza today after a 29-year-old man succumbed to the virus which he picked up in Argentina, Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao said.

The ministry has in recent days warned Brazilians against traveling in Argentina and Chile.