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New suspected swine flu death in Sweden

TT/Stuart Roberts · 3 Sep 2009, 14:47

Published: 03 Sep 2009 14:47 GMT+02:00

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The suspected fatal case of the virus A/H1N1 was reported by the Central Hospital in Västerås.

The man was seriously ill with cancer and had undergone chemotherapy. He arrived at the hospital on Monday and said he was not feeling well. Doctors then discovered he had fever and signs of pneumonia.

He was quickly transferred to an intensive care ward, where his condition rapidly deteriorated. He was treated with artificial lungs but died on Thursday morning.

"Despite a massive intensive care operation we were unable to save his life," doctor Stefan Ström told reporters at an afternoon press conference.

Shortly before his death, staff at the hospital learned that the man had type A influenza. Tests results are expected on Friday and will confirm whether the 55-year-old was suffering from swine flu.

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If the virus is confirmed, the man will be Sweden’s second swine flu victim, following the death of a 40-year-old man in Uppsala last Friday.

The first victim was within one of the specified risk groups, but the authorities have not revealed the category out of respect for the man’s family. The man had experienced normal flu-like symptoms, such as pain in the body and throat.

TT/Stuart Roberts (news@thelocal.se)

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17:17 September 3, 2009 by suso
Earlier published figures suggested non-swine flu usually causes much worldwide yearly deathes which were judjed to be out of proportion than number of fatalities caused by swine flu.The fact that swine flu fatalities are increasing,and its figures are publicised,one would wonder about silence on this year non-swine fatalities by authorities worldwide.Any clue?
18:08 September 3, 2009 by peropaco
1.3 Million people died last year in traffic accidents woldwide.
05:36 September 4, 2009 by lingonberrie
What has traffic deaths to do with swine flu?

Why not quote how many people died in 1918 at the height of the Spanish flu, or about 30 millions world-wide?

Here is something for you to ponder, since you are attemping to downplay what could be a serious matter, and as you have done so you have disrespected those who have died from swine flu. Maybe you will be next, and you can ponder that as well.

As you wrote that little bit of wisdom, you were in both the past, the present and future at once. Someone in British Columbia had not lived yet in your time, and someone in the far reaches of Siberia had already lived your time and your future.

Should that not shake loose the cobwebs, consider that when leaving earth into black space that there is no back, front, up or down, and any movement that is done, whether that is at Warp 20, which is 20 times the speed of light according to Dr Spock, or dimension hopping, might as well be standing still considering that all ways are endless.

So anything that you have been told about everything having a beginning and an end, or anything about time and space and standrd measurements, are just so much bull. After you "die" you live on into immortality or like endless space, you go on forever.

Save your attempts at sarcasm for your immortality, should you take your brain with you.
07:32 September 4, 2009 by hilt_m
suso- i'm thinking maybe no deaths have been reported, because nobody has died from non-swine flu flu in Sweden this year. that's just a guess mind you.

As for world wide figures, well they were never really reported much before A/H1N1 came onto the scene anyway.

peropaco- Traffic related...ummm i guess if you sneezed while driving and crashed it could be related to this story. other then that, it seems to have no correlation. yes many people die in vehicles every day. Is sombody crashing his pick up truck in utar going to worry me in Stockholm...probably not.

lingonberrie- You think to much, but my god you're funny...lmao
08:14 September 4, 2009 by Hedley
I AM PRETTY CLEAR: cancer, traffic events and infarction kill more people than new swine flu!

I am a foreigner and from the country I came from, every day maybe 5 people die from cancer, infartion or by a violent death. If you see CDC website, you will notice that last flu season was deadlier than this last one: remember, at that time there was no new flu!.

Infectious disease can kill you, but that is not a good thing for the bug survival!
13:54 September 4, 2009 by si
It's not even a confirmed case yet - what a waste of printing time
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