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Nine-year-old with swine flu dies

H1N1 virus
Experts said the number of cases in the UK could rise to 100,000 a day

A nine-year-old girl has become the fifth person with swine flu to die in the UK.

The child from south London had "serious underlying health problems", NHS London has said.

Last week a 19-year-old man from south London, also with underlying health problems, died after contracting the virus.

London is the second-worst affected area. On Friday, the capital had more than 1,900 cases.

A spokesman for NHS London said the child died "over the weekend". He added that no other details would be released.

Last week, Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson said the UK has moved beyond the stage of containing the flu into the "treatment phase", and advised people not to resort to self-medication.

Earlier experts warned that the number of cases in the UK could rise to 100,000 a day by the end of next month.

The other three people to die from swine flu in the UK also had underlying health issues.

Jacqui Fleming, 38, of Glasgow, was the first after contracting the virus last month, two weeks after her son, Jack, was born 11 weeks prematurely. Jack died later but had not contracted the virus.

The second victim was a 73-year-old man from the Inverclyde area of Scotland.

The youngest UK victim was six-year-old Sameerah Ahmad. She was born with a rare life-threatening disease and died at Birmingham's Children's Hospital after contracting swine flu, although it is unclear if it contributed to her death.

The NHS London spokesman said: "Once again we wish to take this opportunity to remind the public that for most people this is a minor illness and that they should start to feel better after a few days without needing to go to their GP or A&E.

"However, some people may be more susceptible to the virus. If you have flu-like symptoms it's important that you talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, very young, over-65 or have long-term conditions such as asthma or diabetes."

He said NHS London is running a series of newspaper and radio adverts to provide advice about swine flu.


Figures for confirmed cases are dated 2 July. This is because the Health Protection Agency has changed from daily to weekly updates

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