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Swine flu kills 12th victim in Republic while third case of Zika confirmed

By Staff Reporter

Another patient has died from swine flu in the Republic, while a third case of the Zika virus has also been confirmed.

The death toll from swine flu in Ireland has risen to 12 so far this winter, but there will be some relief as figures show the flu season has peaked, with signs that it is slowly waning.

There have been 16 confirmed deaths from all types of flu this winter, mostly from swine flu and the B strain of the illness. GPs continue to see a lot of influenza-type illnesses, particularly among young children. Meanwhile, the third case of the Zika virus in the Republic is a patient who returned from Barbados.

Two other people who returned to the Republic from Columbia since the beginning of the year also tested positive.

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