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Indian is UAE's first swine flu victim

A 63-year-old Indian man has succumbed to swine flu in UAE, becoming the first in the country to die of the influenza virus, health ministry in Dubai has said.

world Updated: Aug 21, 2009 07:41 IST

A 63-year-old Indian man has succumbed to swine flu in UAE, becoming the first in the country to die of the influenza virus, health ministry in Dubai has said.

The elderly man was already suffering from severe respiratory and lung infections before getting the swine flu.

The ministry said the victim had gone to the hospital too late. He was diagnosed with infections along with the H1N1 symptoms but he died because of the progression of the disease, the ministry's statement said.

The health ministry has called upon people to immediately report swine flu like symptoms to a hospital.