Britain is reporting its first H1N1 swine flu death, the first known fatality outside the Americas.
Scotland's government said an unidentified patient died from swine flu
at a hospital Sunday. It said the patient had other health conditions,
but it gave no details.
The patient was one of 10 people in Scotland hospitalized with the virus.
Last week, the United Nations' World Health Organization declared swine
flu to be a global pandemic, with nearly 30,000 confirmed cases in 74
countries. A pandemic does not refer to the severity of a disease, but
means It has spread to a large number of countries.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan calls the virus "unstoppable," but says it poses only a moderate danger.
At least 145 people have died, mostly in Mexico, where the latest outbreak is believed to have started.
The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis announced Friday that it has
produced the first batch of an experimental swine flu vaccine. It says
it expects to start clinical trials next month.