Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Woman is first swine flu victim in Republic

A young woman has died from swine flu in the first reported death in the Republic, health officials confirmed last night.

The woman, from the west of the country, died in Tallaght Hospital in south Dublin and is said to have suffered from an underlying medical condition.

The woman's family have asked for privacy.

Irish Department of Health officials said the woman was the first person in the country to die from the H1N1 virus since cases started to emerge in May.

No personal details have been released.

In a statement the hospital said it extended its deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of the woman.

“At a time like this our thoughts must be with the family,” said a spokeswoman. “In order to protect the confidentiality and privacy of the family we will not be providing any personal details.

“We can say that the patient in question was a young female adult who had an underlying health condition.”

The hospital said all national protocols have been followed in regards to the patient, who has been in an individual room from the time she was admitted.

“The hospital's influenza pandemic flu committee have put in place all necessary measures to ensure both the safety of other patients and staff within the hospital,” the spokeswoman said.

“The hospital has and continues to work in conjunction with the Department of Health and Children and the HSE in relation to the issue.”

To date some 27 people in the Republic have been admitted to hospital with the virus.

Irish Health Minister Mary Harney issued a joint statement with the Health Service Executive extending sympathies to the woman's family and friends.

Officials said around 1,400 new cases of swine flu are emerging every week, with 70% involving people under the age of 30. The majority are also believed to have contracted the virus in Ireland.

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