UK's first swine flu death confirmed

 

The UK's first death from swine flu was confirmed tonight after a patient died in hospital in Scotland.

The patient had underlying health conditions and was one of 10 people who were being treated in hospital in Scotland.

A statement released by the Scottish Government said tonight: “With regret, we can confirm that one of the patients who had been in hospital, and had been confirmed as suffering from the H1N1 virus, has died today.

“The patient had underlying health conditions.”

The statement added that, at the family’s request, no further details will be released tonight to allow the family some time to come to terms with their loss.

The hospital where the patient died has not been revealed but it is believed to be in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government would not confirm the gender of the person who died, nor their age, at this stage.

More information is expected to become available tomorrow.

Figures released earlier today revealed that nearly 500 Scots have now been confirmed as having swine flu.

Thirty-five new cases were confirmed in Scotland today, taking the total number to 498, officials said.

PA