• Latest person to die was otherwise healthy – NHS
• Experts say virus has not necessarily mutated
* Sarah Boseley, health editor
* The London Guardian, Saturday 11 July 2009
The first death from swine flu of an otherwise healthy individual was announced last night by NHS authorities in Essex.
At the wishes of the family, no details were given of the patient who died at Basildon and Thurrock University hospital. But the case will cause widespread concern. Until now, every adult and child who has died has had serious underlying health problems that made them particularly vulnerable to infections.
But the chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, has warned that a few apparently healthy people have succumbed to swine flu and become seriously ill abroad. In one case last month, a healthy 15-year-old teenager called Matthew Davis from Buffalo in New York state, fell ill with swine flu and died, apparently because of co-infection with the superbug MRSA, which he may have contracted in the community rather than in hospital. link to complete article