x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

UAE link to Qatar swine flu fatality

A Qatari man who died after he was diagnosed with the H1N1 swine flu virus had been staying in Dubai.

A Qatari man who died after he was diagnosed with the H1N1 swine flu virus had been staying in Dubai, according to the Qatar News Agency. The man was reported to have been obese, which is considered a significant risk factor for the disease. It was Qatar's first death from swine flu. The Gulf Times reported that the man had pneumonia and a high temperature when he was admitted to Hamad General Hospital in Doha last Monday.

It quoted hospital sources as saying he had been to hospital in Dubai twice, but it was at Hamad that a diagnosis was made and he was put in intensive care. Officials working in swine flu prevention at the Ministry of Health were not available for comment. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia confirmed its fourth death due to swine flu. newsdesk@thenational.ae