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Swine flu claims first Swedish victim: report

Published: 31 Aug 2009 11:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 31 Aug 2009 11:27 GMT+02:00

A man aged around 30 in Uppsala in eastern Sweden has died at home of an illness health officials suspect may be the swine flu virus.

The man's symptoms have not been fully analysed but other details have emerged to suggest that the man had contracted the A/H1N1 swine flu virus, deputy manager of Uppsala University Hospital Björn Ragnarsson told Sveriges Radio.

The hospital expects to have conclusive test results on Tuesday.

Uppsala University Hospital has issued a statement confirming that the man died in his home and not been treated at the hospital. He had unspecified symptoms that included fever and a cold.

"Rumours like this arise but there is nothing to specifically suggest that it was the new influenza in this case. But the fact alone that the discussion has arisen means that we have taken tests, for which we do not yet have the results," said Ragnarsson.

The number of cases of swine flu in Sweden rose considerably last week, with 144 new cases confirmed by Sunday. A total of 915 cases have been confirmed since the spring.

"There were an awful lot that came in at the weekend. If we look at the last two weeks we can see a marked increase. On the other hand we had even more cases in week 29. It goes up and down a bit, which makes it difficult to draw any conclusions from the material," said Sandra Rubinova at the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet).

Statistics show that some 39 percent of swine flu patients in Sweden -- 362 of the 915 recorded cases -- contracted the virus overseas. Cyprus was the source of the largest number of European cases with 108, followed by Spain (89), and the United Kingdom (52), while 131 cases coming from outside the continent, including 90 cases from North America.

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15:38 August 31, 2009 by manamann
Nice reporting !

So the title of the article is

"Swine flu claims first Swedish victim: report"

Which leads me to believe that someone has died because of the Swine Flu.

Then I read this

""Rumours like this arise but there is nothing to specifically suggest that it was the new influenza in this case. But the fact alone that the discussion has arisen means that we have taken tests, for which we do not yet have the results,"

Which I guess that means that it hasn't been stated as fact.

What kind of reporting is this?

Title that strikes fear but article that doesn't confirm the title.

Panic Panic Panic Panic Panic Panic Panic Panic

Please report facts not rumours.
16:05 August 31, 2009 by Lea
Official response said: "... there is nothing to specifically suggest that it was the new influenza in this case." which basically means it was NOT confirmed as a swine flu.

Also, I don't get why they called it a "new influenza". Is the word "swine" considered racist now?
16:29 August 31, 2009 by Nina_
I don't understand why the articles in TL don't include the name of their reporters.
16:37 August 31, 2009 by villjobba
Crap Journalism is of course all you should expect from a paper run by interns or half baked journalists...
08:23 September 1, 2009 by askin
It is curious that SANOFI, the French pharma industry invested hundreds of millions of dollars, to open a plant in Mexico, to produce swine-flu vaccin, 6 months before the first case of swine flu appeard in Mexico. How did they know the swine flu epidemi would start in Mexico?

It is curious that Baxter, the US pharma industry, patented

its swine flu vaccine, 6 months before the first case of swine flu appeared in the world!!!as the news say.

Isn't any media, Interpol, WHO, UN going to investigate these?

An American journalist has reported UN and WHO for supporting bio-terrorism.

http://thesop.org/journalism/2009/06/28/journalist-files-charges-against-who-and-un-for-bioterrorism

The first batch of swine flu vaccine to 11 men in Ireland,

in the spring, killed all 11. I hope the vaccine which will bring billions to its producers is a little safer now. How much safer? News say that the testing will not be final before 2011.

I don't want to be one of the first to get the vaccine!!!

http://www.prlog.org/10227817
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