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Swine flu deaths increase to 30

Microscopic negative-stained image of the swine flu virus
Ms Sturgeon repeated that the majority of people suffer mild symptoms

An elderly man in Fife has died after contracting swine flu, the Scottish government has said.

The latest victim was suffering from underlying health conditions.

His death takes the the total number of H1N1 related deaths in Scotland to 30.

Three other deaths were reported over the weekend by health officials.

Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon repeated her call for eligible people to get vaccinated.

She added: "My deepest sympathy goes to the patient's loved ones at this sad time.

"H1N1 can be devastating in a small number of cases but fortunately the vast majority of people only suffer fairly mild symptoms and make a full recovery.

"However, we must all remain vigilant and I would underline the importance of maintaining hygiene standards and urgently seeking medical advice if you believe you are at greater risk of influenza complications."

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