Fifth Swine Flu fatality in Spain

The number of deaths in Spain as a result of Influenza A (Swine flu, H1N1) has risen to five after it was revealed that a 41 year old man died in Valencia on July 20th. The latest victim was also suffering from serious renal problems.

All the deaths from the virus in Spain have occurred during the past month.

The first fatality was on June 30th when a Moroccan woman contracted the virus the day before she was due for a Caesarean section. The baby, known as Ryan, did not contract the virus but did die two weeks later as the result of a hospital blunder.

The second victim was a 41 year old man at the Hospital Clínico Doctor Negrín in Gran Canaria. He was also suffering from a chronic condition when admitted to hospital and died on July 9th.

Victim number three was a Nigerian woman, a resident of Madrid but on holiday in the Balearics at the time. She died at the Hospital Son Llótzer in Palma de Mallorca following complications related to the flu virus.

The fourth fatality was a 71 year old man who was also suffering from lung infection. He died at the Hospital Universitario de La Paz in Madrid.

The latest victim was suffering from serious kidney problems and had been undergoing dialysis since 1995.

There are currently 1,538 confirmed cases of Influenza A in Spain with five deaths so far. In Europe, there are 17,800 confirmed cases with 34 fatalities.

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