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Indonesia reports first death from H1N1 flu

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Indonesia reports first death from H1N1 flu

Indonesia has confirmed its first death linked to the H1N1 flu virus after a 6-year-old girl suffering from severe pneumonia died in Jakarta, the health ministry said.

The girl was admitted to hospital with fever, coughs and respiratory problems, the ministry said on its website.

The World Health Organisation has confirmed 800 deaths globally from the H1N1 virus, which has spread to 160 countries.

But health experts say that figure does not reflect the true number of people killed by the virus. Flu can kill people in various ways, including by causing pneumonia, heart attack, stroke or multiple organ failure.

Indonesia has confirmed 343 people have been infected with the H1N1 flu strain as of July 24.

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British Airways checking passengers for H1N1 virus

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British Airways checking passengers for H1N1 virus

British Airways has told its check-in staff to look out for passengers showing symptoms of the H1N1 virus and to alert doctors who could bar them from boarding a flight, the airline said.

The directive was issued in the past “couple of weeks”, a spokeswoman for the airline said, explaining that it was part of efforts to limit the spread of swine flu.

“We’ve given our staff advice in terms of the symptoms to look out for,” she said.

“If they have any concerns about a passenger when they present for check-in, they have a 24-hour medical number to call and the passenger can then be checked.”

Calling the measures “standard practice” for a medical situation, the spokeswoman said only a handful of people had so far been turned away from boarding British Airways flights as a result of the medical checks.

“Obviously with swine flu spreading, we have to be responsible and make sure we do what we can to prevent the disease spreading,” she said.

Virgin Atlantic has also adopted similar measures, according to the Sunday Times newspaper. Officials from Virgin Atlantic were not immediately available to comment.

A group of 52 British school children and their teachers were quarantined in Beijing on Saturday after four pupils were admitted to hospital infected with the virus. Another four pupils have since had to be admitted for treatment.

The group arrived in China last week for a culture and study tour. But shortly after arrival at Beijing airport, four of the students — all believed to be teenagers — were admitted to hospital showing symptoms of swine flu infection.

British authorities confirmed this week that 29 Britons infected with the H1N1 virus had died, with officials making plans for up to a third of the population to fall ill.

In total there are an estimated 55,000 new cases of swine flu in Britain a week, although in the vast majority of cases the symptoms are mild.

The pandemic has killed around 430 people worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Egyptian dies of H1N1 flu after umra pilgrimmage

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Egyptian dies of H1N1 flu after umra pilgrimmage

An Egyptian woman has died of the new H1N1 flu virus after falling ill while on a Muslim religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, an Egyptian health ministry official said.

The official said the woman, who suffered from a pre-existing heart ailment due to rheumatic fever, had travelled to Saudi Arabia for the minor umra pilgrimage in early July, and developed flu symptoms on July 11.

She was treated in Saudi Arabia but did not respond to treatment, and returned to Egypt at the request of her husband. She was in her twenties.

“Results confirmed she is H1N1 positive. She died yesterday,” Amr Kandeel, head of communicable disease control at the health ministry, told Reuters. He added that she was the first Egyptian to die from the virus.

H1N1 has been detected in some 130 people in Egypt, including 10 fresh cases reported on Sunday, state news agency MENA reported.

Around three million Muslim pilgrims from over 160 countries head for the holy city of Mecca in western Saudi Arabia each year in one of the world’s biggest religious gatherings. The haj season starts in November this year.

The airborne H1N1 virus has now been diagnosed in tens of thousands of people worldwide, and has killed more than 430 people, according to the World Health Organisation.

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