Kuwait health chiefs confirm first swine flu death

Young Kuwaiti man first in Gulf state to succumb to virus, more than 900 cases recorded.
Kuwait health chiefs confirm first swine flu death
By Andy Sambidge
Thu 20 Aug 2009 07:32 AM

Kuwait has reported its first swine flu death, health chiefs confirmed.

A young man who was already suffering from severe pneumonia has died from the H1N1 virus, the first person in the country to succumb to the disease, Health Ministry spokesman Youssef Al-Nisf said.

The victim was Kuwaiti and aged in his twenties, KUNA News Agency reported.

More than 900 people have contracted the H1N1 virus in Kuwait but most of them have been treated and discharged from hospital, officials said.

Elsewhere in the Gulf, 14 swine flu deaths have been reported in Saudi Arabia and one in Qatar.

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