Six-Year-Old Girl Is UK’s 16th Swine Flu Victim

(Reuters) – A SIX-YEAR-OLD GIRL has become the 16th person to die in Britain after contracting H1N1 flu, health officials said on Monday, days after the first death from the infection in an otherwise healthy patient.

Chloe Buckley, from northwest London, died on July 9th at St Mary’s Hospital in London, NHS officials said. A post mortem will be carried out to see if she was suffering any underlying health conditions.

The Department of Health said last week the rapid spread of infection in London and the West Midlands was close to epidemic level.

It said Britain had 9,718 laboratory-confirmed cases, the third most in the world behind the United States and Mexico, although the actual number of cases was likely to be higher.

A total of 16 patients who contracted the virus have now died, including six in London.

Until last week, all had underlying health issues and it is not clear in how many cases the patients had died as a direct result of the virus.

The World Health Organisation declared, on June 11th, that the outbreak of the virus was a pandemic, and more than 94,500 cases have been reported worldwide.

Britain’s Health Minister, Andy Burnham, has said the government was projecting more than 100,000 new cases a day of the flu by the end of August.

Most people who have caught the infection have suffered mild symptoms.

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