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German tourist dies of swine flu in Austria

The Local · 6 Jan 2011, 08:07

Published: 06 Jan 2011 08:07 GMT+01:00

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The man, 24, was already sick before his arrival in Austria and was therefore part of a high-risk group, the regional health director for Salzburg, Christoph Koenig, told ORF public television.

Officials in the German state of Lower Saxony on Monday announced the A/H1N1 virus had killed a three-year-old girl and a 51-year-old man in Göttingen. They said there had been a spike in infections in Germany in the past month.

The World Health Organisation declared the swine flu pandemic over in August, more than a year after the virus that emerged from Mexico sparked panic and killed thousands of people around the world before fizzling out.

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

10:36 January 6, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
Saalbach is really pretty, went skiing there many years ago. It's just gorgeous, a small picturesque ski resort town nestled between huge snow covered mountains... really to die for...

get it? to die for... :D
13:16 January 6, 2011 by marimay
I don't get it..

Oh wait, yeah I do!


13:38 January 6, 2011 by freedom1776
The flu is no joke, and quite painful. The vaccine makers go to a lots of trouble and expense to provide protection ahead of the flu season. Most people have a choice to choose security for about $20.00 U.S. dollars. Is your life worth that small cost? In 1968 I got the Hong Cong flu. The flu lasted for 10 days then infected the sack (Pericardium) around my heart. I felt like I had a 50 Kilogram weight on my chest. I later learned that my eye doctor had it settle in his foot and he could not walk for weeks. His nurse got it in her brain and she was in hospital and delerious for a week. The 1917 flu killed 50 to 100 Million, mostly young adults. Death by flu might be "normal" statistically; unless it has a grip on you and you are dying and little can be done. Will you describe it as "normal" then? The flu vaccination does not stop all types of flu; I always choose to be vaccinated and take the threat seriously; unlike many of the people commenting here. They must be total Fools.
15:21 January 6, 2011 by Gretl
Freedom1776 - you forgot to add that most insurance companies pay for the shot, so it is essentially free. It must be a Darwin-award thing.
18:29 January 6, 2011 by xWolpertinger
MrNosey, of course it is a flu variant... but regular seasonal flue seldom targets 20-somethings. This is what makes "swine flu" so different.
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