Hospital reports new swine flu-related death

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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Sweden to put up signs warning against swine flu

Fear is increasing in Sweden that the African swine flu virus could spread to the Scandinavian country.

Sweden to put up signs warning against swine flu
File photo: Ingvar Karmhed / Svd / TT

The county administration in Uppsala wants all municipalities in the area to put up signs warning of the risk of infection in the area, P4 Uppland reports.

“We have received instruction from the Swedish Board of Agriculture to inform municipalities about putting up signs at barbecue areas, picnic areas and bathing areas,” Mira Amin, a veterinarian employed by the county, told the radio station.

Signs in six languages will inform the public that leftovers should be thrown into the correct receptacles, and not left out so that pigs and wild boar can get to them.

African swine fever is not dangerous to humans, but can be lethal to boar and domestic pigs. The disease can be transmitted via food such as smoked sausage or ham, according to the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

Earlier this summer, it was reported that signs will also be placed at layby and rest areas on major roadways in southern parts of the country, where wild boar are known to roam.

The Swedish measure does not go as far as in neighbouring Denmark, however.

Copenhagen made the decision last year to erect a 70 kilometre-long fence along Denmark’s border with Germany to protect itself against the disease, despite experts questioning the effectivity of such a barrier.

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