Sunday, July 26, 2009

Indonesia confirms first swine-flu death

Updated 4 hours 27 minutes ago

Indonesia's Health Ministry has confirmed the country's first death linked to the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, after a 6-year-old girl suffering from severe pneumonia died in Jakarta.

The country says 343 people have been infected with swine flu as of July 24.

A girl was admitted to hospital with fever, coughs and respiratory problems and died on July 22, the Ministry said on its website.

The World Health Organisation has confirmed 800 deaths globally from the H1N1 virus, which has spread to 160 countries, but health experts say that figure does not reflect the true number of people killed by the virus.

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