A third West Midland person has died after contracting swine flu, health officials announced today.
NHS West Midlands said a post mortem was now taking place to determine what extent the H1N1 virus played in the death, but released no further details.
It means the number of people who have died in the UK after contracting swine flu reached at least 31 including a 15-year-old girl in Glasgow who had underlying medical conditions.
“It is with sadness that we have to announce that a third person from the West Midlands who had tested positive for H1N1 swine flu has died,” said Helen Jackson, NHS West Midlands spokeswoman.
“A post mortem will be carried out to determine the cause of death and until that it is complete no further details will be released”.
Midland health teams have dealt with 1,000 calls a day over swine flu at its peak, with more than 5,000 people in the region believed to have contracted the H1N1 virus, a leading public health official has disclosed.
Dr Rashmi Shukla, regional director of public health, added that as of the end of last week, 80 people had been admitted to hospital, with only eight of those needing the most critical care and two deaths reported in the West Midlands. She said hospitals and primary care trusts (PCTs) were now reporting swine flu as having a low to medium effect on services.
* For swine flu advice go to the Mail website at www.birminghammail.net/lifestyle