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Swine flu kills two

The Local · 3 Jan 2011, 14:25

Published: 03 Jan 2011 14:25 GMT+01:00

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The A/H1N1 virus killed a three-year-old girl and a 51-year-old man in Göttingen, a Health Ministry spokesman in Hannover said.

“These tragic cases show that this influenza isn’t just a harmless illness, and that it can take a turn for the worst,” Lower Saxony’s Health Minister Aygül Özkan.

State health official Dr. Matthias Pulz said there had been a marked increase in infections in Lower Saxony since last month.

Özkan warned there was no reason to panic. But she urged people over 60, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses to get themselves vaccinated for swine flu.

An estimated 250 people have died from swine flu in Germany since the virus emerged in 2009.

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Your comments about this article

14:43 January 3, 2011 by Dashcroft
The end is upon us. Yawn.
15:06 January 3, 2011 by cklb
Yeah, the end is upon us. Guess that more than two people died in car accidents this winter, but nobody talks about it because its just normal. Yawn
16:02 January 3, 2011 by marimay
People dying from the flu is normal, too.

Make sure you get your flu shots, those pharmaceutical companies need more money.
18:00 January 3, 2011 by ovbg
@marimay, besides the fact that the flu shot is actually free for the public, what is wrong with companies making money?
20:59 January 3, 2011 by mhdamro
@ovbg .... dont forge that ppl are paying for it one way or another ....

@marimay .. you r right .... but dont forget that government needs to get rid of all the stockpiles of swine flu that they have bought last year .... !!!!!!
08:25 January 4, 2011 by tallady
marimay,,they need the money to fight all those wrongful death suits...
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