9 Sep 2010

Swine flu claims 18th victim

4:03 pm on 9 September 2010

The Ministry of Health says the death of a Hutt Valley man has brought to 18 the number of deaths from swine flu this year.

The ministry says swine flu has peaked in the community and cases are falling.

The latest death linked to the virus involves a 43-year-old with no underlying medical conditions, who died at home about 12 days ago.

The ministry says there are still nine people in intensive care with the virus.