Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Philippines Reports First Death Related to H1N1

A 49 years old Filipina from Manila with heart and liver ailments has died after contracting the new flu virus which is known as the AH1N1 Flu Virus, and it is said to be also the first death in Asia.

The woman died at her home on June 19, two days after she first showed symptoms of the new influenza A(H1N1) virus, Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque told reporters.

"A throat swab revealed that she was positive for A(H1N1)," Duque said, adding that post-autopsy findings disclosed that the death was caused by congestive heart failure and "aggravated by severe pneumonia either bacterial, viral or both"

The Philippines has the highest number of cases of the new flu virus in Southeast Asia with 445 victims, but more than 80 percent have fully recovered since the first case was reported on May 21.

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