Swine flu death reported in Poland
10 January 2011, 15:06
Warsaw - Health authorities in Poland on Monday said one person died in hospital after being infected with the H1N1 virus in the country's first swine-flu related death in 2011.
"A man in his fifties died in hospital on Sunday in Slupsk. Laboratory tests show the H1N1 virus was detected in his body," Anna Obuchowska, a spokesperson for the state health and sanitation inspector in Slupsk, northern Poland, said on Monday.
"The man succumbed to multiple complications of his respiratory and circulatory systems," Slupsk hospital director Ryszard Stus told Polish Radio on Monday.
The H1N1 virus was recently also detected in several other people in Poland, notably in two physicians in the former royal capital Krakow, who were infected by a patient.
In 2010 the H1N1 virus was responsible for around a dozen fatalities in Poland, a country of 38 million.
Unlike most European countries, Poland refused to purchase H1N1 vaccines arguing they lacked sufficient testing.