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Girl's death takes flu toll to 16

Swine flu test
Thousands of people in the UK have now caught swine flu

A six-year-old girl from London has died after contracting swine flu, taking the number of swine flu-related deaths in the UK to 16.

Chloe Buckley, from north west London, died on Thursday at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, central London.

A post-mortem examination will be held to see if she had any underlying health problems, NHS London said.

Her death follows the death last week of a patient in Basildon, Essex, who had no underlying health problems.

Dr Simon Tanner, NHS London's regional director of public health, said: "We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family at this difficult time as they come to terms with their loss."

Contracted in UK

He said Chloe had contracted the virus in the UK and added her death "will probably not be the last that we have in this pandemic".

Her death brings the number of swine flu-related deaths in London to six.

The latest death comes amid reports that swine flu has now reached Downing Street.

It is understood that Michael Jacobs, Gordon Brown's climate change adviser, was infected during a recent visit to Mexico where the strain originated.

The UK has the third highest total number of confirmed cases in the world after the US, which has at least 33,902 cases and Mexico, which has 10,262.

Mild symptoms

Nearly 10,000 Britons have been confirmed with swine flu.

However, hundreds of thousands more people in the UK are thought to have the virus.

The total number of cases in the country are now being estimated rather than counted individually.

Of the deaths, 14 have been in England, with the remaining two in Scotland.

The government said that deaths from swine flu in patients with no underlying health problems cannot be ruled out but will be rare.

It said for the vast majority of people infected, the new flu virus had produced only mild symptoms.



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