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WA: Young Perth woman is fifth Australian to die with swine flu

27 Jun 2009 12:51 PM

PERTH, June 27 AAP - A 26-year-old Perth woman has become the fifth Australian to die after being diagnosed with swine flu, Western Australia's chief health officer says.

She is the second West Australian with swine flu to die.

A 26-year-old man from the remote WA Aboriginal community of Kiwirrkurra, west of Alice Springs, became the first Australian swine flu fatality when he died in Royal Adelaide Hospital on June 19.

WA chief health officer Tarun Weeramanthri said the Perth woman, who was being treated for an underlying medical condition in the intensive care unit at Royal Perth Hospital, died late on Friday.