Sweden records first swine flu death of the season

A seven-year-old boy has died in Sweden as a result of swine flu.

The death is Sweden's first fatality related to the disease this season, according to The Local.

The boy was one of three patients being treated at an intensive care unit in the southern region of Sweden's Scania for H1N1. He passed away in Helsingborg on Friday, The Local reports.

"What (the three) had in common was that they all belong to the risk group and had for instance other types of complicated illnesses," Per Hagstam, an official for the Scania division of the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, said, according to The Local.

As of December 26, 65 cases of H1N1 have been reported this flu season in Sweden. Thirty Swedes were killed during last year's flu season, according to SMI.

The swine flu pandemic was declared over in August by the World Health Organization over a year after it emerged from Mexico, killing thousands of people worldwide and causing panic before it ended.

Swine flu cases have increased worldwide in the last few weeks, but so far the Centers for Disease Control in the United States believes there to be no extraordinary activity with the disease as there was last season.