WA Recorded Human Swine Flu Related Death

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Western Australia has recorded another Pandemic H1N1 (Human Swine Influenza) related death.

The 22-year-old man, who had an underlying medical condition, died in Fremantle Hospital yesterday.

The death is the second human swine flu related death in Western Australia and the man is the third Western Australian whose death has been associated with the disease.

WA Chief Health Officer Dr Tarun Weeramanthri extended his sympathies to the man’s family and said no further personal details would be released at their request.

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More infections were thought to be circulating in the community as testing was no longer routinely recommended for patients experiencing mild symptoms.

Dr Weeramanthri cautioned that those in vulnerable groups were at higher risk of suffering complications, even though human swine flu remained a mild illness for most people.

“We are now focusing our attention on those in the community who may be at risk of severe illness and targeting people with underlying conditions for testing, treatment and care,” he said.

This may include pregnant women and people with underlying conditions including:

• respiratory disease such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) • heart disease • diabetes • renal disease • morbid obesity • weakened immune systems

“These people are urged to seek medical attention if they have acute respiratory symptoms,” Dr Weeramanthri said.

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