Five patients infected with the AH1N1 virus have died in Bosnia and Herzegovina since the beginning of this year, according to local media.
Apart from two female patients - a pregnant woman and an elderly woman - who died of swine flu this week in Sarajevo and Zenica, three more patients died in Banja Luka earlier this year.
The head of the Banja Luka Hospital intensive care ward, Pedja Kovacevic, told the Sarajevo-based Dnevni Avaz on Friday that three patients diagnosed with the AH1N1 virus had died since the start of this year, while a dozen had been treated for the infection.
The doctor said that the three victims died of complications due to their poor health and age.
Bosnia's health authorities have stated that all patients who have died of swine flu complications are in high-risk groups, such as the elderly, pregnant women and patients with long-term medical conditions.