A third swine flu victim has died in the United States, after suffering apparent complications of the H1N1 influenza virus.
The deceased man, who was treated in the northwestern state of Washington, was in his 30s and had an underlying heart condition.
“This death is tragic. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this man’s passing,” Washington Governor Chris Gregoire said.
“It’s a sobering reminder that influenza is serious, and can be fatal. I know our public health agencies are doing everything they can to track and monitor this outbreak and to protect the people of our state.”
Earlier, Costa Rica reported its first fatality from the virus and Japan and Norway joined a growing list of nations with confirmed cases.
In Costa Rica, Health Minister Maria Luisa Avila said the victim was a 53-year-old man who died on Saturday after more than a week in a hospital in the capital San Jose.