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UK suffers first H1N1 flu death

world Updated: Jun 15, 2009 02:05 IST

Britain recorded its first death from H1N1 flu on Sunday after a patient suffering from the disease died in Scotland, health officials said.

"We can confirm that one of the patients who had been in hospital, and had been confirmed as suffering from the H1N1 virus, has died today," the Scottish government said in a statement.

"The patient had underlying health conditions," the statement continued.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared an influenza pandemic on Thursday and advised governments to prepare for a long-term battle against the virus.

The Scottish government said no further details about the patient would be released until later to allow the family time to grieve.