Mexican flu claims 2nd life in Belgium

A 44 year old woman from the Walloon province of Hainaut has died as a consequence of infection with the H1N1 virus. According to the Influenza Commissioner this is the second death as a result of infection with the new H1N1 flu virus, known as the Mexican flu.

The woman felt the first flu symptoms on September 11. Because her condition got worse she was hospitalised a couple of days later.

The woman's condition continued to deteriorate and she had to be put on a respirator. She died on Thursday.

The first H1N1 flu death in Belgium was a case of a 34 year old woman in Antwerp. Since the beginning of the new flu pandemic some 8597 cases of infection have been reported in Belgium. World-wide over 4300 people have died as a consequence of infection with the H1N1 virus.