Experts are warning the deadly ‘Aussie flu’ heading for the UK could be ‘worst we’ve seen in 50 years’ – as a mum-of-two died from the epidemic currently sweeping Australia.
Jennifer Thew is the latest victim of the outbreak, who passed away over the weekend after a week-long battle with the virus which she contracted alongside her seven-year-old daughter Estella.
The Canberra medical receptionist, from Gungahlin, died from acute respiratory distress syndrome.
News of her death comes as experts warn that it is “inevitable” that the flu will make its way more than 9,000 miles to the UK – as the NHS clears beds to make way for the sick.
Ms Thew was had a reputation locally for always putting the needs of her children first.
“She always went above and beyond for those around her,” a friend told the Australian Daily Telegraph .
Ms Thew’s daughter’s dance school has set up a Go Fund Me account to support the family – and offered Estella free tuition for the final term.
It reads: “Estella Thew is one of our beautiful students in Primary. Her mother Jen, was a cherished member of the GDANCE community and recently passed away unexpectedly due to complications from influenza.”
There have been more than 137,500 influenza cases confirmed in Australia up to the start of September.