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Three more swine flu-related deaths in West Midlands

Three more people with swine flu have died in the West Midlands region, health chiefs have said.

It means there have been a total of 40 deaths in the region where there has been a positive test for swine flu.

Sixty-six people with swine flu have been admitted to hospital this week and 14 inpatients with swine flu were being treated in hospital on Thursday.

But the NHS said the number of people reporting swine-flu symptoms in the region had fallen in the past week.

It is now 19.1 per 100,000 people, compared to the previous figure of 26.1 per 100,000 people.

Dr Rashmi Shukla, regional director of public health for NHS West Midlands, said: "This sad news reminds us that even though most cases of swine flu are mild, it can be serious and potentially fatal.

"The people of this region should remain vigilant in helping prevent the spread of the virus."



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