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Saudi investigates its first swine flu death

Family of Saudi man say they will sue private hospital for failing to correctly diagnose H1N1 virus.

The family of Saudi Arabia’s first swine flu victim is to sue the private hospital in Dammam where he was admitted for failing to correctly diagnose his illness.

Saleh Al-Shehri, 30, died on Saturday after being diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. His funeral was held on Tuesday, a report in the Saudi Gazette said.

His family told the paper they intended to register their case on Wednesday to seek compensation for his wife and son.

The Ministry of Health has launched an investigation into his death and the committee visited the private hospital on Tuesday.

A statement by ministry released on Monday said that Al-Shehri was admitted to the private hospital on July 22 suffering from a high temperature, a cough, a sore throat and breathing difficulties.

His weight was said to have contributed to his death, and examinations showed he suffered from a severe inflammation of the lungs, which he was given antibiotics for, according to the statement.

Al-Shehri’s condition deteriorated and he was transferred to intensive care where he was put on artificial respiration and given Tamiflu, however his conditioned continued to worsen.

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