A 33-year-old Nigerian woman yesterday became Spain's third fatal swine flu victim when she died at Palma's Son Llatzer Hospital here in Majorca.
The Balearic Minister for Health, Vicenc Thomas, confirmed the woman's death at an emergency press conference called at 7.30pm yesterday evening.
Thomas explained that the woman was resident in Madrid and had been staying with some friends on the island.
She was admitted to intensive care on July 12, Sunday, after complaining of breathing problems.
She was apparently already taking medication for pneumonia which had been diagnosed by a Palma doctor's surgery a few days earlier. Son Llatzer carried out all the necessary tests for the H1N1 swine fever virus and the results tested positive at the microbiology laboratory at Son Dureta Hospital.
A second series of tests will be carried out in Madrid but Thomas made it quite clear last night that there is little doubt that the Nigerian woman died from the H1N1 virus.
The Minister explained that she apparently failed to respond to the medication and tragically passed away at around 8.30am yesterday morning.
Last night, the authorities were trying to locate family and friends to inform them of the death.