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Kent's William Harvey Hospital reports four flu deaths

Four people have died of flu, including two of the swine flu strain, at a Kent hospital over a five-day period, a health trust has said.

The two men and two women, aged between 30 and 59, were treated at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

One of the flu patients was transferred to the Royal Brompton Hospital in south-west London where he died.

East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said the patients died on 5, 6, 7, and 9 January.

A trust spokeswoman said flu deaths were not unusual in the winter and the situation was "consistent with what's happening across the country".

Last week, NHS South East Coast said a total of 51 people were in critical care beds with confirmed or suspected flu in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

On Thursday, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said the number of people who have died of flu in the UK since October had risen to 112.

However, deaths are far fewer than the 500 seen during the swine flu pandemic in 2009.

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