Second Western Australian Swine Flu Death Reported

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A 26-year-old Perth woman has become the second Western Australian to die after being diagnosed with human swine influenza.

The woman was being treated for an underlying medical condition in the intensive care unit at Royal Perth Hospital and died late yesterday evening.

The woman’s family have requested that no further medical details be released.

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A 26-year-old man from the remote Goldfields’ Aboriginal community of Kiwirrkurra, who tested positive for the virus, died last Friday in Royal Adelaide Hospital.

WA Chief Health Officer Dr Tarun Weeramanthri said it was important to remember that for the vast majority of people human swine influenza was a mild illness.

“However, we know that people with existing medical conditions are more vulnerable to the severe effects of the disease,” he said.

“People at high risk due to conditions such as pregnancy, respiratory disease, heart disease, diabetes, renal disease, obesity and people with weakened immune systems should seek medical attention if they develop influenza like symptoms.”

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