MANILA, Philippines – Officials say the Philippines has its first swine flu-related death _ a 49-year-old woman who died from congestive heart failure but who also tested positive for the swine flu virus.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the woman's chronic heart disease was aggravated by severe pneumonia. She started to have flu-like symptoms such as dry cough, fever, chills and difficulty in breathing two days before her death on June 19.
A throat swab from the woman revealed she was infected with the A(H1N1) virus.
Duque says post-autopsy findings disclose that the death was caused by "congestive heart failure secondary to acute myocardial infarction aggravated by severe pneumonia either bacterial, viral or both."