A man from Walsall has become the third person in the region to die after contracting swine flu.
His death, at Walsall Manor Hospital on Tuesday night, is currently being investigated by the NHS.
No more information on the man’s identity has been released yet, although it is believed he was not suffering from any underlying conditions, and had tested positive to the deadly H1N1 virus.
Martin Turner, NHS Walsall spokesman, said: “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.
“The death is under investigation. 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.”
The man’s death is the third confirmed death connected to the virus in the West Midlands, and takes the UK tally to 31.
Sameerah Ahmed, six, from Birmingham was the West Midlands’ first swine flu fatality. A second sufferer in the West Midlands died last week.
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 hospitalised, with only eight of those needing the most critical care.
She said hospitals and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) were now reporting swine flu as having a low to medium effect on services but there was still a “significant demand” on PCTs with 150 courses of Tamiflu being dispensed every day.
Meanwhile, Government health experts estimate that as many as 65,000 people in the UK could die of the illness this winter.
Sir Liam Donaldson, chief medical officer for England, said this week that figures being used by the NHS to plan its services show that a 30 percent infection rate among the population could lead to the deaths.