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Swine flu deaths in Scotland rise to 12

Swine flu deaths in Scotland rise to 12

The number of people to have died from swine flu in Scotland since the start of the outbreak has grown to 12.

Two men, a 42-year-old man from Glasgow and a 75-year-old man from Grampian, who had underlying health conditions, are the latest victims of the virus.

The families of the men have requested that no further details about them are released.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon sent her condolences to the friends and family of both victims.

She said: "In the vast majority of cases, most people have fairly mild symptoms and make a full recovery within a week. But it is important that you get the help you need as quickly as possible if you are at greater risk."

The deaths come as figures show that the number of people admitted to hospital in Scotland with swine flu has reached a record high. A total of 36 people with the bug were admitted to hospital last week – the largest weekly intake since the outbreak began.

The figure takes the number of people admitted to hospital in Scotland since the start of the outbreak to 208.

Estimates suggest that about 6,800 people caught the H1N1 virus last week, down from almost 13,800 the previous week.

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