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Sweden's first swine flu death confirmed

AFP/The Local · 31 Aug 2009, 20:35

Published: 31 Aug 2009 20:35 GMT+02:00

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"We received the test results which confirm that the man in his 30s who died last Friday had H1N1 flu," the Akademiska hospital said in a statement.

The man had flu symptoms and died at his home near Uppsala, 80 kilometres north of Stockholm. He had not been travelling abroad.

Several people with the A(H1N1) virus are currently seriously ill in Sweden, where more than 900 people have been infected with the virus.

The other Nordic countries -- Denmark, Finland and Norway -- have so far not reported any deaths from the disease.

Sweden has already signed an agreement with a laboratory for a delivery of 18 million doses of vaccine for its 9.3 million population: the treatment requires two doses.

The first batches are expected early next month and will be on a voluntary basis, even if Sweden wants as many people as possible to take up the offer.

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More than 2,180 people around the world have died from the virus since it emerged in April, according to the latest WHO figures, with an estimated 210,000 people infected in 177 countries.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:36 August 31, 2009 by lingonberrie
This unfortunate and unnecessary event might make the nay-sayers and doubters sit up and take notice.

Hoever, since seven of ten Swedes reportededly want the vaccine, I doubt that the negative comments on this forum are coming from native-born Swedes.

However, when the forum is polluted with comments from non-residents from the United States, negativity, bombast, arrogance and opionions based on hot air are the norm.
22:10 August 31, 2009 by Zoolander428
Unfortunate - yes. Unnecesary?? Do you have some magic potion for curing the flu? Or even one to prevent it? I forgot, if only people would have taken this flu seriously, no one would have died. Sorry buddy, life doesn't work like that.

Should it be taken seriously? Of course. So should every infectious disease. However this flu isn't exactly the most deadly illness out there.

And regarding your last comment, not much needs to be said. Your thoughts on others' posts completely describes your own. Negative - check. Arrogant -check. Based on hot-air, check. It's only one death, the seasonal flu kills thousands each year.

And are you really surprised that most comments come from non-native people? Unless you're drunk like a good Swede would be... you would realize this is a news site written in a non-native language. I'm going to go out on a limb here... but my guess is the target audience is not native-born Swedes.
22:13 August 31, 2009 by Leprehcaun
Well that depends on how you put it. 36 000 people die annually in normal flu, we're talking about a slightly mutated flu. It's not much more dangerous than normal flu, you'd probably feel worse or be sick longer and it is easier to get this flu than normal flu.

I do think that sick people should take the vaccine, they can't risk getting a flu like this one or any flu for that matter, but since it can have some rather nasty side effects that are a whole lot more likely to get than the known temporary effects of flu.. well.. there's no way I'm taking the vaccine.

You can call me a conspiracy loony if you want but I think that many of those cases that have been reported as swine flu are actually normal flu, maybe most of them. You doubt that? Then tell me, what symptoms are normal with swine flu that normal flu doesn't have, can you easily tell them apart? If someone says they have the flu (actually they would probably say they have swine flu because they can't tell the difference and the media has spooked them into thinking that they will get sick, which obviously means that if you get sick, it's swine flu), will you "know" that it is swine flu? And how hard is it to believe that a doctor can give a wrong prognosis about something like this?

I suppose this is an open question to anyone who cares to enlighten me :D.

Btw, I'm native Swedish.
23:01 August 31, 2009 by RoyceD
Swine flu, distracting people who don't read the facts since 2008
23:19 August 31, 2009 by laura ka baal
hope,doctor!s will understand the value of life and not continue by giving ALVEDON.
04:57 September 1, 2009 by Marley420
Zoolander428, that was a nice bitch slap!
10:53 September 1, 2009 by LohanP
Disease is the number one cause of mortality.Carnegie Mellon University has a great new marketing tool when they came up with the Death Risk Rankings. The Death Risk Rankings are fairly scientific, as the death calculator analyzes statistics and medical questions as well as taking where a person lives into account as well. Their website, at deathrickrankings.com can give you an estimate on whether or not a person will be kicking the bucket in the next year or two. It's a lot more scientific than other death calculator tools that just say a person will get attacked by rabid cannibal squirrels. A person can determine their death risk rankings without needing to get fast cash to find out - but it's only a prediction.
13:24 September 1, 2009 by Happyfisk
Anyone notice this: the dead man is 40 years old (not 30) as reported today in the Swedish papers?

Oh nevermind... most readers are interested about the degree of 'panic' before vaccination is available. BTW, there are more deaths from road accidents everyday than this flu. Does the govt. want to do something about that?
17:32 September 1, 2009 by mkvgtired
Zoolander428, LOL. Stop using logic on people like him. Its a scary world outside of Sweden. Let him stay in front of his computer and fire off comments about people he has never met from places he has never visited.
18:40 September 1, 2009 by snapperjac
It's sad but not very shocking. I've had swine flu. Seasonal flu is by far a lot, lot worse.
20:17 September 1, 2009 by Zoolander428
Thank you, thank you... yeah, I know it's a pointless effort... but sometimes the brainwashed make it so easy!
22:33 September 1, 2009 by 2fingers
Tragic to hear of the mans demise... As previously posted, he will be counted among the thousands who die annually of the flu. I couldn't agree more with Zoolander... People need to use their brains and look at the facts out there and decide what's best for them...


Read a little about squalene and it's effects (banned in the US after the first gulf war). Ask yourself why the WHO dropped the 2 most important criteria used to define a pandemic (morbidity and mortality rates). Look at the incredible coverage (hype) surrounding this flu and lack of fatalities (compared to say SARS).

No way I'm taking it... give mine to Lingonberry!
22:46 September 1, 2009 by lingonberrie
There are many uneducated assuuptions about the flu, the vaccine, where people come from, where they have visted, et al on this specific forum.

The uneducated run at the mouth like city sewers, especially the city and the industrial sewers that have been polluting the United States Great Lakes for generations.

Trying to raise a response from me that would otherwise be irrelvant to the subject at hand is the same as trying to paint a tail on the wind.

Minds, like parachutes, only work when they are open. Using logic, or critical thinking, for which the morons in the United States have very little capacity, is as useles as addressing an open sewer.

That likewise refers to the majority of comments on all blogs and forums.
19:17 November 5, 2009 by Manzer
hi guys, it's been some time since this article has come out but i am really desperate for the information i am looking for. A friend of mine has gone missing around this same time as the death of this unfortunate person. He was 42 and lived in a town north of Stockholm, Finnish by birth (Capricorn) & divorced. It's been 2 months since i last heard from him and quite wickedly there are a lot of coincidences.

No, i don't know his real name, or where exactly he lived. I knew him through an online game but i do know enough about his personal life & family. I have tried checking a lot of the local papers but can't find the proper archives or much details to help & i can't read or understand Swedish.

I would really appreciate if anyone who has seen it in the local papers, what was the name of this victim and where exactly he was from or any other details?

Thank you very much.
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