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Last Updated: Tuesday June 30 2009 17:05 GMT

Swine flu girl 'already ill'

Sonali with Dr Sarah Jarvis

Sonali finds out what's going on with swine flu

A six-year-old girl has died at Birmingham Children's Hospital after being diagnosed with swine flu.

Sameerah Ahmad died on Friday, but doctors said she also had other serious health problems, which made it harder for her body to fight the virus.

She's the third person who's had swine flu to have died in the UK. The other two cases were both in Scotland.

For most people, having swine flu is like normal flu, but if someone's already sick it can get more serious.

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But experts say there's still plenty you can do to avoid getting swine flu.

They recommend doing simple things like making sure you wash your hands regularly with soap and water.

Meanwhile, tests are now being carried out to find out exactly how Sameerah died.

Sameerah was born with several health problems and went to Mayfield School in Birmingham, a school for children with special needs.

Head teacher Paul Jenkins said: "She was a wonderful, happy, child and her death is a great loss to the school community. She will be sadly missed by everyone here."