The Public Health Agency has confirmed that a two year old boy with swine flu has died in intensive care. The family has asked for no further details to be released and for the media to respect their privacy at this very sad time.
The child was a resident of the Republic of Ireland and was being treated here. The Public Health Agency has therefore informed the responsible health authorities in the Republic of Ireland.
The Public Health Agency would like to extend its sympathy to the family of this child.
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The family has requested that no further information should be released. As the child was a resident of the Republic of Ireland any further enquiries should be forwarded to the HSE, details below.
1. PHA - Media enquiries to the Public Health Agency during out of hours please contact Nataleen Surgenor via pager number 07699 783371 and your call will be returned or during working hours, the Public Health Agency press office on 028 9031 1611.
2. DHSSPS - Media enquiries to the DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 0579. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Office via pager number on 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.