Nine people have died while suffering from swine flu.

The victims, including a child, all died in Sussex hospitals during the most recent outbreak of the illness.

Four of the people died at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton, one at the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath, three at the Conquest Hospital in St Leonards and one at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Nobody died at hospitals under Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust’s care, although a 16-week-old baby suffered from the illness at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

The figures were disclosed after The Argus submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act.