25 Aug 2009

NZ death toll from swine flu reaches 16

9:50 am on 25 August 2009

The death of a Waikato woman has taken the national death toll from swine flu to 16.

She had underlying medical conditions and died at a hospital in Auckland late last week.

The case was reported by the Ministry of Health, which says the family has requested privacy.

Some 132 people have died of swine flu in Australia, where there are still 104 people in intensive care with the virus.

Eleven people were in intensive care in New Zealand at the last Health Ministry tally, early last week.