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First city child dies of H1N1

SHANGHAI yesterday reported its first child swine-flu fatality, bringing the city's death toll from the virus to four.

A city girl, 5, died of complications including severe pneumonia and multi-organ failure at the Shanghai Children's Hospital yesterday afternoon.

She was diagnosed as a serious case last Thursday. She was so ill that any move would have placed her life in jeopardy so she was not transferred to the Children's Hospital of Fudan University, a designated swine-flu hospital, as scheduled last Friday.

"Because she was on a respiratory machine, moving of the patient might have impacted on the machine's operation," said Wang Yi, vice president of the Children's Hospital of Fudan University and a member of the city's expert swine-flu panel.

According to the Shanghai Health Bureau, the city detected 2,312 cases of swine flu by Wednesday, since the first case was found in May.

There have been 59 serious cases, including the four deaths.

There was no epidemic outbreak in Shanghai communities or schools and the general incidence of swine flu was stable, health officials said.

A three-year-old girl from Anhui Province, who was reported in a critical condition at the Children's Hospital of Fudan University on Wednesday, has stabilized and is expected to be removed from a respiratory machine soon.


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