Northern Irish man dies of swine flu as outbreak feared

Enlarged image of the Swine flu H1N1 virus
Enlarged image of the Swine flu H1N1 virus

It is reported that a man has died after contracting the virus while two other individuals, in the same Northern Ireland hospital, are in a critical condition as a result of catching the influenza strain.

The man is said to have passed away at Craigavon Area Hospital, Co Armagh.

The Daily Star reports that the H1N1 strain of influenza has seen 36 people admitted to intensive care units in hospitals across the North in the last month, with fears of an outbreak rife.

Last week, a young child who was struck down with swine flu died in a Dublin hospital.

The H1N1 virus was responsible for the 2009 swine flu outbreak in Ireland.

The latest HSE flu report claimed that consultations with GPs in relation to flu-like illness had increased across the country in the last week.

It said there were 124 confirmed hospitalised cases of flu in the week before last, bringing to 344 the total number of hospitalised cases currently notified in the 2015/2016 flu season.

So far 45 patients have been admitted to intensive care units. Nine people have been killed by the flu this winter.

The HSE have urged Irish people to get the flu vaccine as more and more cases of swine flu are reported.