The girl had underlying health problems, officials said, and it was unclear whether
the A(H1N1) virus had contributed to her death.
“We can sadly confirm that a child died at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on Friday evening,” a spokeswoman for the NHS West Midlands said.
“The child has since tested positive for swine flu but had other serious underlying health conditions.”
No other details about the case were released. The hospital initially said the girl was nine but subsequently said this was not the case, without being able to say definitely how old she was. The BBC reported she was six.
Cases in Britain
The Department of Health meanwhile announced a hike in the number of people who have contracted the virus– up 1,604 since Friday, taking the total in Britain to 5,937.
The heavily populated West Midlands region in central England recorded the biggest jump in cases, rising from 588 to 2,104 — more than a third of the total in Britain.
Officials have previously announced two people have died in Britain after contracting the virus.
A 73-year-old man who died in hospital in Paisley, central Scotland, late Saturday also had
“serious underlying health problems”, having been in intensive care for two weeks.
Earlier this month, another Scot, 38-year-old Jacqueline Fleming, became the first person with swine flu to die outside the Americas. She also had underlying health problems.
Swine flu fears swept the Wimbledon tennis championships on Monday, as a handful of ball boys and ball girls reported having “flu-like symptoms” and were asked to stay at home, although play continued.
“We are able to continue with the championships as normal. We shall of course be monitoring the situation closely,” Ian Ritchie, the chief executive of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, said.
The chief medical officer said last week that Britain could see tens of thousands of cases every week within months and the strategy to cope with outbreaks is being changed.
The number of swine flu cases has reached 70,893 worldwide, with 311 deaths,
since the virus was first discovered in late March, data released by the World Health Organisation on Monday showed.