Woman loses fight against swine flu
A MIDDLE-aged woman with no underlying health problems has become Ireland's latest swine flu fatality.
The unnamed woman is understood to have died from suspected swine flu in a Cork hospital in the past week.
The woman had been treated in hospital for 48 hours but her condition deteriorated dramatically and she died despite desperate efforts by doctors to stabilise her.
It is the first suspected death in the Cork area this year involving the human strain of swine flu.
The Irish Independent understands that at least one other patient remains in a serious condition in a Cork hospital with a suspected case of the virus.
The Health Service Executive declined to comment on the matter last night, stressing that it does not deal with swine flu statistics.
"That is a matter for the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)," a spokesman said.
The HPSC is not due to update the national situation on suspected swine flu cases until tomorrow.
Four people died from swine flu in Ireland last week. That brings to 32 the number of people who have died in the country from the human form of the virus -- with the bulk of the fatalities involving patients with underlying health conditions.
Last week, more than 50 patients were being treated in intensive care units across Ireland for suspected contraction of the virus.
A total of 27 people died from human swine flu here last year.