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Friday, December 17, 2010

UK : Flu death toll rises to SEVENTEEN - and six of the victims were children

An article from the Daily Mail in the UK :

" Flu has claimed the lives of 17 people, including six children, so far this winter.

Fourteen of the deaths are linked to H1N1 swine flu – the strain which swept the country in last year’s pandemic.

Another child, a girl of nine, was fighting for her life in hospital.

A high proportion of victims are aged under 65, including six aged under 18, because swine flu is more likely to affect younger people.

At least 17 of the worst affected patients whose lungs have given out, including four pregnant women, were last night being treated on extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation machines.

A further four or five critically ill patients are waiting for spaces on the machines – which use an artificial lung to oxygenate the blood outside the body – to become available.

Nine-year-old Chantelle McAdam, meanwhile, was on a life support machine after being was admitted to Manchester Royal Infirmary with breathing difficulties."

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