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29 November 2023

Libyan baby dies of swine flu in Greece: ministry


A seven-month old Libyan baby girl died in an Athens childrens' hospital on Friday from swine flu after an emergency airlift from Libya, the health ministry said.

The baby girl, Mohmed Khadija Ben Hussein, had been transferred on January 10 from a Libyan hospital where she had already displayed breathing problems, it added.

"Despite mechanically-assisted respiration and medicine treatment, the patient expired due to irreversible pulmonary damage," the ministry said.

Around 100 people died from the potentially deadly H1N1 virus strain in Greece last year. This is the first case reported in the country this year.

Hundreds of Libyans have been receiving treatment in Greek hospitals following the eight-month insurrection that toppled the regime of Moamer Gaddafi in October.