Indian-origin man S Africa's 2nd swine flu victim
A 44-year-old Indian-origin man died in Durban of swine flu, becoming South Africa's second victim to succumb to the dreaded virus.india Updated: Aug 05, 2009 13:34 IST
A 44-year-old Indian-origin man died in Durban of swine flu, becoming South Africa's second victim to succumb to the dreaded virus.
The man from the residential township of Phoenix in Durban died last Wednesday after reporting illness on his return from a trip to neighbouring Swaziland, a media report said on Wednesday.
The man, who has not yet been named, was admitted to the private Mount Edgecombe Hospital with suspected pneumonia and was treated in the hospital's intensive care unit, the local Mercury newspaper reported.
Blood test results on Tuesday confirmed that he had tested positive for H1N1 virus commonly known as swine flu.
More than 500 confirmed cases of swine flu have been reported in the country so far.
The first person to die from the disease was a 22-year old Cape Town university student Ruan Muller.
He died last Tuesday and blood test results showed on Monday that his was a case of swine flu.
The World Health Organisation said on Tuesdaythat 1,154 swine flu victims have died since the virus emerged in April.
WHO said that includes 338 deaths reported in the week leading up to last Friday.