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Teenager dies after catching flu virus

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Bethany Walker

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Bethany Walker contracted the flu virus which developed into pneumonia

An 18-year-old girl has died in hospital after catching the flu virus.

Bethany Walker, from Applecross in Wester Ross, had been affected by the virus at house earlier than it developed into pneumonia.

She was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness the place she died final Friday.

Her mom Heather Teale paid tribute to her “lovely lady”, describing her as “the very best daughter I may have ever wished for”.

Particulars of ‘s dying emerged as official figures confirmed the variety of flu instances in Scotland has doubled within the final week.

Eight of the 53 individuals handled in intensive care models in Scotland previously fortnight have died, though officers careworn they might have had underlying well being points and the mortality fee was comparatively low.

Hospitals in England have additionally been seeing very excessive charges of sufferers with flu, with a pointy rise in instances seen by GPs previously week – up 78% on the week earlier than.

In Wales, a big rise in flu instances has prompted recommendation to keep away from some hospitals.

‘Absolute best remedy’

In a Fb submit, Bethany’s mom stated: “My lovely daughter Bethany Walker was taken from me yesterday.

“She had been affected by a flu virus, which turned pneumonia, she was airlifted to Raigmore with me by her aspect yesterday morning, the place she quickly deteriorated, the workers in intensive care couldn’t have performed extra, she was given the very best remedy from a group of eight individuals for over two hours, they tried every part attainable however sadly regardless of their finest efforts she did not make it.

“I’m damaged, the underside has fallen out of my world. I’ve my mum with me, and my fantastic son Danny Walker who’re each feeling the identical loss as I’m. Life won’t ever be the identical once more.

“Bethany, I really like you to the moon and again, I all the time have and I all the time will, you have been the very best daughter I may have ever wished for and I’ll all the time be the proudest mum on the planet.

“I’ve no extra phrases. I am really devastated. Sleep tight my lovely lady, your brother and I’ll love you without end, you’ll by no means be out of my ideas so long as I dwell.”

Bethany left Plockton Excessive College final summer season and was in the course of a 12 months out earlier than planning to review midwifery in Aberdeen.

‘Excellent in each approach’

The varsity stated the previous deputy head lady was a “type, caring and gifted” pupil who had been a “tremendous function mannequin” to youthful pupils.

She was amongst college students who keep in a hostel in Plockton because of distance they must journey from their houses to attend courses.

Plockton Excessive College stated: “It was a privilege for all of us to have taught Bethany, to have recognized her in her years within the college and to have maintained contact together with her after she left.

“It’s tragic to lose somebody so younger and the ideas of the entire college and the hostel are with Bethany’s household at this unhappy time.”

Judith Fish, from the Applecross Inn the place Bethany labored, stated her dying was a double blow to a close-knit group nonetheless grieving the latest lack of native fisherman Alasdair Macleod.

She stated: “We have recognized Bethany rising up from being a younger lady. She was excellent in each approach. Numerous dedication and devotion. She’s labored very arduous in her research.

“We’re nonetheless grieving as a group for the lack of Ali as effectively, so it is come at a really arduous time for us.”

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Simply over half of flu strains at present circulating match these within the 2017/18 vaccine

NHS Highland stated it was unable to touch upon particular person instances, however that individuals with flu signs who had a long-term medical situation, a weakened immune system, have been pregnant or over the age of 65 ought to contact their GP.

A spokeswoman stated: “There isn’t a proof that it (the newest flu outbreak) is especially unhealthy or that we’ve got extra of it on this space than we’d anticipate.

“The flu vaccine is the very best defence we’ve got in opposition to the unfold of flu and it is not too late to get vaccinated.

“Folks struggling with flu-like signs ought to cough or sneeze into tissues and bin them instantly, wash their fingers often with cleaning soap and heat water and ceaselessly clear regularly-used surfaces to cease the unfold of flu.

“Keep away from having pointless contact with different individuals for those who or they’ve signs of flu.”

‘Aussie flu’

Weekly figures launched by Well being Safety Scotland (HPS) on Thursday confirmed a rise in instances of flu from 46 per 100,000 individuals within the final week of December to 107 per 100,000 within the first week of January.

The official figures revealed:

  • The flu standing has been raised from “regular” seasonal exercise to “reasonable”
  • An additional 30 sufferers wanted intensive care
  • Mortality charges associated to the virus have been nonetheless “low”, with eight out of the overall of 53 intensive care instances having died
  • The flu fee had additionally doubled the earlier week, from simply over 20 per 100,000 to 46 per 100,000

Simply over half of the circulating strains of flu match these within the 2017/18 vaccine, and most are believed to be the H3N2 pressure generally known as “Aussie Flu” after issues the virus induced in Australia.

Questions have been requested in latest days about low flu immunisation uptake charges for NHS workers, with HPS once more urging everybody who’s eligible for vaccination to take action.

The HPS report stated: “Vaccination of these eligible for seasonal influenza stays a very powerful preventative measure to scale back influenza”.

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