TWO more people have died of flu, bringing the official death toll to 12 this winter as the illness continues to spread.
The recent deaths have been among the over-65s, and several outbreaks have been reported in nursing homes.
The latest report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre said the spread of flu, including swine flu, increased slightly last week.
Mercy University Hospital (MUH) in Cork has confirmed that one of its patients is suffering from swine flu. It comes just a week after Cork University Hospital reported a case of the same strain of flu.
MUH also reported that two other patients at the hospital have a separate strain of flu.