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ASIA: Singapore confirms first swine flu-related death

Sun Jul 19 02:22:21 EST 2009

SINGAPORE, July 18 AP - Singapore's health ministry has confirmed the country's first swine flu-related death, a 49-year-old pneumonia patient who suffered a heart attack.

The ministry says the patient, who had diabetes and high blood pressure, was admitted to Changi General Hospital on Thursday with flu-like symptoms and was diagnosed with swine flu.

It says he died on Saturday afternoon of a heart attack, contributed to by severe pneumonia and an underlying swine flu infection.

Singapore has confirmed more than 1,000 swine flu cases since the outbreak began on the island in May.