• Sweden edition
 

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

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.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

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
Today's headlines
Politics
Nuclear freeze agreed by new government
A nuclear power station in Forsmark, Sweden. Photo: TT

Nuclear freeze agreed by new government

Sweden's Social Democrats and Greens Party have announced a coalition agreement to halt nuclear energy development. READ  

International
Sweden rethinks Afghan translators' asylum
A Swedish soldier in Afghanistan. Photo: TT

Sweden rethinks Afghan translators' asylum

The Migration Court in Malmö has ruled that Sweden's Migration Board was wrong to reject the residence applications of seven Afghan interpreters without assessing their protection needs. READ  

The Local List
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
Speak Percussion will perform at Connect in Malmö in November. Photo: Connect

Top five winter festivals in Sweden

Autumn has swept into the country and chilly days lie ahead. But there are plenty of winter festivals where you can warm up in the coming months. With tickets already selling fast, here are The Local's top tips. READ  

Business
Swedish Saab plant sheds a third of workers
Workers at the Saab plant in Trollhättan. Photo: TT

Swedish Saab plant sheds a third of workers

Swedish car maker Saab has announced it has axed 155 workers, close to a third of its workforce. READ  

International
Sweden's 'most dangerous art' on sale
A Danish site is selling the works that the Swedish state wants destroyed. Screenshot: www.entartetekunst.dk

Sweden's 'most dangerous art' on sale

Work by controversial jailed Swedish artist Dan Park is on sale online and could reach a gallery in Copenhagen, despite a previous exhibition being pulled. READ  

Society
Sweden is 'second best' place to grow old
Pensioners in Sweden. Photo: TT

Sweden is 'second best' place to grow old

Sweden has dropped to second place in an annual index measuring the quality of life of elderly people in 96 countries around the world. READ  

National
Top Swedish skier killed in Chile avalanche
Andreas Fransson, left. Photo: Markus Alatalo

Top Swedish skier killed in Chile avalanche

UPDATED: The bodies of two of the world's top skiers, Sweden's Andreas Fransson and JP Auclair from Canada, were found on Tuesday after they were reported missing in an avalanche in the Andes. READ  

Politics
Coalition promise to boost welfare and jobs
Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

Coalition promise to boost welfare and jobs

UPDATED: The Social Democrats and the Greens have agreed to raise unemployment payments and promised to create more jobs in the construction industry, The Local has learned. READ  

National
Ikea recalls elk pasta
Two types of pasta are affected. Photo: IKEA

Ikea recalls elk pasta

Ikea has pulled two different types of elk-shaped pasta from its stores in Sweden. READ  

Presented by Regus
How to get your own great office in Stockholm
A woman using a Regus workspace. Photo: Regus

How to get your own great office in Stockholm

Stockholm's business climate is hotter than ever, which leaves start-ups and business travellers hunting high and low for flexible office space. The solution is easier than they think. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Apology for Swedish model's stolen photos
Politics
New coalition agrees on defence and migration
Fastighetsbyrån
Gallery
Property of the week: Botkyrka
Education
New government to make school compulsory to 18
Politics
Sweden Democrat wins Deputy Speaker spot
Blog updates

28 September

Spoiled Doyle (Blogweiser) »

"What you gotta watch out for in Sweden is the good stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re_EzUe6xpI In Sweden, it’s the good things you have to watch out for. Video on @TheLocalSweden http://t.co/rAb8eGFdTD pic.twitter.com/w37YYwMXy1 — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) September 29, 2014 " READ »

 

26 September

 (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Autumn swept into Sweden at the start of this week with snow in the north of the country and flooding in the south. As well as a change in the weather, Sweden’s change in political direction became clearer, with Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven formally announcing his party would work with the Greens as..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Swedish scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Gallery
People-watching: September 28th
National
When Italian style meets Swedish simplicity
Lifestyle
Review: Sweden's first alcohol-free nightclub
Gallery
In Pictures: The MS Estonia disaster
Lifestyle
Ten things expat women notice in Sweden
Politics
What's next on Sweden's political stage?
Gallery
Sweden's 2014 election: Most memorable moments
Society
What's on in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 24th
Seaman Oliver Gee with his first lobster
Lifestyle
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Gallery
In Pictures: Fredrik Reinfeldt through the years.
Society
Plucked out of Canada for love and guitars
Politics
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Politics
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

866
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN