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Sweden confirms 15 swine flu deaths

Published: 23 Nov 2009 15:15 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Nov 2009 17:42 GMT+01:00

Sweden's disease control authorities report that three women and eleven men have died from the swine flu since August. The fifteenth victim, a 3-year-old boy who died at the weekend, was not included in the report.

On Monday, Sweden’s Institute for Infections Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet – SMI) published an accounting of all Swedes the agency has confirmed died from the A/H1N1 virus.

“We’re expecting more deaths, but hopefully fewer than we excepted at the beginning,” said SMI epidemiologist Andreas Heddini to the TT news agency, who added that the agency had expected more swine flu fatalities than have been reported thus far.

Among those who have died from the swine flu are a 3-year-old boy and 16-year-old boy, both of whom were members of a known risk group.

Another 3-year-old boy died at the weekend after being admitted last week to Astrid Lindgren’s Children’s Hospital in Solna north of Stockholm, bringing Sweden's swine flu death tally to 15.

“He belonged to one of the risk groups and had a serious underlying condition,” said hospital spokesperson Klas Östman to the TT news agency.

Most of Sweden’s swine flu victims have been above 50-years-old and the majority also belonged to a known risk group.

Three of twelve males who have died didn’t belong to a group known to have a higher risk for contracting the disease.

Sweden’s first confirmed death from the A/H1N1 virus, a 37-year-old man from Uppsala, was recorded the week of August 24th.

Twelve of Sweden’s fifteen swine flu fatalities have occurred in the last month.

While the 3-year-olds were the youngest victims, Sweden’s oldest swine flu victim so far was a 71-year-old woman from Västernorrland in northern Sweden.

The deaths also have a wide geographic distribution, from Västernorrland in the north to Skåne in the south. The county with the most confirmed swine flu deaths is Stockholm, with four, followed by Uppsala, Örebro, and Västernorrland counties, each of which have had two fatalities attributed to the swine flu.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:57 November 23, 2009 by Glempa
Question: What is the normal death rate from flu every year? In UK there is always a high rate of flu deaths in Winter (admittedly among the elderly), but is this death rate any worse than normal?

I say this because I have seen newspapers cause scares before, claiming a new disease is 'sweeping the country', only for doctors later to say that the infection/death rate is the same as any other year!
18:30 November 23, 2009 by calebian22
Every year, worldwide, there are an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 deaths attributed to seasonal flu. In the US, alone there are about 30,000 deaths according to the Center for Disease Control. As of November 15th, the W.H.O. estimates that 6770 deaths worldwide have been attributed to H1N1. So I say, "tempest in a teacup."
22:40 November 23, 2009 by Beavis
What are the staistics when elderly people are taken out of those in "developed" country. I handful Im sure..

Swine flu is not the conspiracy theory you think it is.. I guess you think the world is still flat too?
07:45 November 24, 2009 by calebian22
Beavis, you are correct, sort of. Most are the elderly or previously ill patients with weakened immune systems who succumb in developed countries. It is not a consipiracy theory, just sheeple believing everything that the news tells them without questioning the validity.
10:18 November 24, 2009 by Törnrosa
From the NHS website:

The number of people who consult their GP with flu-like symptoms varies from year to year, but is usually between 50 and 200 for every 100,000 people. This is in addition to the many people with flu who do not see their GP.

In the UK, about 600 people a year die from seasonal flu. This rises to around 13,000 during an epidemic.

So yes I think calebian22 is right when he says a "tempest in a teacup".
11:35 November 24, 2009 by Davey-jo
calebian22

"sheeple" beautiful word!
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