Chloe Buckley was a six year old, healthy girl who has died from swine flu in Britain. On the same day, Dr Michael Day, a British physician who had treated swine flu patients, also died. Dr. Day is also reported to have been “healthy.” Tests after his death confirmed that he had the H1N1 virus, although his death has not officially been attributed to swine flu.
It is believed Chloe would have celebrated her 7th birthday today. She complained of a sore throat and was treated for tonsillitis. She did not receive the anti-viral drug Tamiflu and swine flu was not diagnosed or suspected. Chloe Buckley died within 48 hours.
The speed at which the virus took hold and destroyed Chloe’s immune system has left all those who knew her in shock – and fearful of who may be struck down next.
An epidemic is declared when more than 200 people in 100,000 report symptoms to their GPs.
Last Wednesday the London figure was 180, and officials believe it is almost certain to exceed the 200 mark this week.
Last night experts said the virus was spreading so quickly that an epidemic was already under way in the capital.
Professor Hugh Pennington, bacteriologist at Aberdeen University, said there was ‘no doubt’ that that figure will already have been exceeded.
Chloe and her family lived in West Drayton, West London. Dr. Day was from Dunstable, Bedfordshire. He died in a Luton Dunstable hospital.
Nearly 10,000 Britons have been confirmed with swine flu after it spread to the UK from Mexico. However, hundreds of thousands more in the UK are thought to have the virus.
Estimates suggest GPs are dealing with 8,000 new cases of swine flu every week.
The vast majority of people will recover quickly by taking paracetamol or ibuprofen, and drinking plenty of fluids,’ said Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA’s GP committee.
We must remember that every year there are deaths from complications of seasonal flu; this is unfortunately inevitable with any strain of influenza.’