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Hospital reports new swine flu-related death

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13:42 CET+01:00
A man in his sixties from central Sweden who was suffering from the swine flu has been found dead in his home, according to a statement from Örebro hospital.

The man sought care last week after missing a week of work due to illness. He came to the hospital to ask doctors to authorize him to go on long-term sick leave.

At the time, doctors didn’t find the man to be suffering from any serious illnesses, according to the hospital.

But a few days later he was found dead in his home, located in the north of Örebro County in central Sweden.

A subsequent autopsy revealed that the man had suffered from a heart attack and had signs of a respiratory infection. He also tested positive for the A/H1N1 virus.

“The man is judged to have died from a heart attack in connection with influenza,” Örebro hospital said in a statement, adding that the man didn't belong to any known group deemed to have an increased risk of becoming infected with a serious case of the swine flu.

The hospital said it was waiting to release more details about the incident until a press conference scheduled for later on Tuesday afternoon.

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