Europe Reports First H1N1 Flu Death in Scotland
Britain health officials have reported the their first death from H1N1 flu. The death occurred Sunday in an unidentified patient who died in a hospital in Scotland.
"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 Scottish government said in a statement.
This is the first death from the H5N1 strain of influenza reported outside the Americas by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva or the European Centers for Disease Control in Stockholm. Both have keep tabs on confirmed cases of swine flu and deaths from the illness in countries around the world. WHO declared an H1N1 influenza pandemic this past Thursday.
Of all the countries in Europe, Britain has been hit the hardest. Britain has reported a total of 1,226 cases in the U.K. of H1N1.
As of this past Friday, the latest WHO report said 74 countries have officially reported 29,669 cases of swine flu, including 145 deaths. Fatalities had occurred in eight countries in the Americas: Mexico, the United States, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala.