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Scots swine flu cases top 1,000

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The vast majority of swine flu cases are mild

The total number of swine flu cases in Scotland has topped the 1,000 mark for the first time.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said a further 196 cases were recorded over the past three days, bringing the total across the country to 1,118.

The overwhelming majority of new cases were in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Lanarkshire NHS areas.

Meanwhile, new figures revealed that most of those affected by swine flu in Scotland are under the age of 24.

The statistics from Health Protection Scotland showed 10% of cases were aged four or under, with 32% between 5-14, and a further 21% aged between 15-24.

Only 4% of Scottish swine flu victims are over the age of 55, the figures showed.

'Some reassurance'

On Saturday, a 73-year-old man became the second person in Scotland with swine flu to die.

The pensioner's death followed that of a 38-year-old woman who gave birth prematurely while being treated at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

A young girl suffering from swine flu died at Birmingham Children's Hospital on Friday.

All three victims were said to have had underlying health problems.

Ms Sturgeon stressed: "The medical evidence and patterns seen in the early stages offer some reassurance that in the majority of cases symptoms are mild with recovery for people in otherwise good health generally straightforward.

"While the two deaths to date in Scotland from H1N1 have been regrettable and tragic for the families involved, underlying medical conditions were a factor in both situations."



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