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Swine flu death toll in Republic now 11 after five more succumb to virus

By Eilish O'Regan

Five more people have died from swine flu in the Republic - bringing the death toll from the virus to 11 so far this winter.

It remains the dominant form of flu circulating, accounting for most hospitalisations and admissions of patients to critical care.

There have been 15 deaths in the Republic from flu this winter, with other casualties due to the B strain of the virus.

The average age of patients who died from the flu is 63 years. A five-year-old boy is among those who have tragically died from the complications of swine flu.

Irish hospitals continue to report that healthy children are among those treated for complications of flu along with at-risk groups.

Visiting restrictions have had to be enforced in University Hospital Limerick due to the flu.

The restrictions have also been imposed on Ennis Hospital and Nenagh Hospital as they grapple with the high incidence of flu in the mid west region.

In a bid to protect vulnerable patients the group of hospitals is asking people with flu-like symptoms not to visit friends or relatives. They are limiting visits to one visitor per patient during the flu season and children under fourteen are not allowed to visit.

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