A young Moroccan woman infected with swine flu has died in Madrid on Tuesday, becoming the first swine flu fatality in Spain. The young woman died a day after giving birth via Cesarean section, according to a press statement by Spain’s ministry of heatlh.

First swine flu death in SpainAccording to the health ministry, the young woman who suffered from asthma, had died from a respiratory illness caused by the swine flu virus. The young woman was pregnant and due to give birth in August. After her condition worsened, doctors performed an emergency Caesarean section.

The baby is said to be well and not affected by the virus.

Another patient in Tarragona, is currently in a serious condition and being treated at the Juan XXIII hospital.

The swin flu virus has infected 717 people to date in Spain according to the latest figures released Tuesday, by the health ministry. The new figure represents a big jump from the 541 cases reported on Friday. The ministry of health usually updates its report once a week on Fridays.

Spain was the first European country to confirm a case of the A(H1N1) virus. The death in Spain raises Europe’s total known swine flu deaths to four. With three fatalaties having occured in Britain.

World Health Organization

Around 73,000 confirmed cases of swine flu across the globe have been detected to date, including around 6,200 in the European Union, according to the World Health Organization. 324 fatalities.

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