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Nine-year-old with swine flu dies in Northern Ireland

Influenza Virus

A nine-year-old child in Northern Ireland who had swine flu has died.

The death of the child, who had underlying health conditions, was announced at the Department of Health's weekly swine flu briefing in Belfast.

Health Minister Michael McGimpsey expressed his "sincere sympathy" to the child's family.

GP consultation rates for flu or flu-like symptoms decreased by 19% in the past week.

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