26-year-old Australian man with swine flu dies

June 20, 2009 05:01

An Australian man with multiple serious ailments, including swine flu, has died, but authorities say they can't be sure whether it was the virus that killed him. The Australian who died in a hospital in the southern city of Adelaide on Friday came from an impoverished Aborgine minority in a remote desert community. The 26-year-old Aboriginal man who died Friday could be the first person to be claimed by the virus in the Asia-Pacific. Swine flu has swept rapidly through the region but without the fatal impact it has had in the hardest hit countries such as Mexico and the United States where dozens have died. Bangladesh, Laos and Papua New Guinea all confirmed their first cases Friday, while infections continued to rise sharply in Thailand. Authorities in New Zealand said widespread transmission of the virus meant it likely had more than 1,000 cases.

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