31 Aug 2009

17th death related to swine flu confirmed

6:53 pm on 31 August 2009

The number of deaths in New Zealand linked to swine flu now stands at 17.

The Ministry of Health says a man, aged in his 30s, died in Auckland on Sunday. It says he had an underlying medical condition.

The ministry says the 17 deaths reported are those where swine flu was a primary cause of death.

Other deaths are being investigated by the Coroner's office.