WA Recorded Human Swine Flu Related Deaths

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The WA Department of Health confirmed a further three Pandemic H1N1 (Human Swine Influenza) related deaths.

A 92-year-old man, who had significant underlying medical conditions, died at home on July 18.

A 46-year-old man died at Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital on July 28. The man had significant underlying medical conditions which were complicated by Human Swine Influenza.

A 12-year-old boy died at home on August 2. The Coroner is investigating the cause of death.

There have been six Western Australians whose deaths were associated with the disease and five people who have died in Western Australia.

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The total number of Australian deaths associated with human swine influenza is currently 70.

In WA there are 2455 confirmed cases, 25 people in hospital, and of those 12 are in ICU.

WA Chief Health Officer Dr Tarun 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 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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