1st flu death on French island

FORT-DE-FRANCE - AN 18-MONTH-OLD child died on Thursday on Martinique after succumbing to the H1N1 flu, becoming the French Caribbean island's first victim, health officials said.

The child, who had serious health problems, died following lung inflammation brought on by the influenza A(H1N1) virus, according to health officials on the French overseas territory.

The death took to 28 the number of French nationals who have died from the swine flu: five in mainland France, five on Reunion Island, nine in New Caledonia, six in French Polynesia, one in French Guiana and another vacationing in Greece. -- AFP