23 Jul 2009

14 swine flu deaths being investigated

5:14 pm on 23 July 2009

The chief coroner's office is investigating the deaths of 14 people who were confirmed as having swine flu.

The latest fatalities have been in two Auckland men, aged 28 and 39, and a 30-year-old Auckland woman.

Chief Coroner Neil MacLean MacLean says he is awaiting full post mortem results which will show what part swine flu played in the 14 confirmed deaths, as those people appear to have had other health problems.

The Ministry of Health reports 2,477 confirmed cases of swine flu in New Zealand, although the actual number is higher as only a small proportion of people with symptoms are being tested.