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Disease Outbreak News

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

continues to spread worldwide, more deaths reported

BEIJING, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The A/H1N1 flu pandemic is continuing to spread, with more confirmed cases and an increasing number of deaths reported worldwide.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Tuesday in its daily situation report that 632 new A/H1N1 flu cases were reported in European countries within the previous 24 hours.
The total number of confirmed cases of A/H1N1 flu in the European Union and European Free Trade Association countries rose to 21,288, with 1,538 cases in Spain and 11,159 in Britain, 628 in France and 3,349 in Germany, the ECDC said.
Latin America has been one of the worst hit regions by the pandemic, with a high death toll.
The Colombian government confirmed four new deaths from A/H1N1 flu on Tuesday, raising the death toll to 13 in that country.
The Social Protection Ministry said three men in the capital Bogota and a woman in Cundinamarca province died of A/H1N1 flu.
The ministry said there had been 259 confirmed cases of A/H1N1 flu in the country so far, as well as 7,838 suspected cases.
Also on Tuesday, Brazil's health authorities announced 10 more deaths from A/H1N1 flu, raising the death toll in the country to 56.
Seven of the victims were from Sao Paulo state in southeastern Brazil, while the other three were from Rio Grande do Sul state in the south of the country.
The Brazilian Health Ministry said there were 1,566 confirmed cases of A/H1N1 flu in the country, as well as 8,328 suspected cases.
The Ecuadorian health authorities reported on Tuesday three new deaths from A/H1N1 influenza, raising the death toll to 17.
The country's Vice Health Minister Marcelo Aguilar said the number of infected patients in the country had risen to 783.
In the Asia-Pacific region, Malaysia reported on Tuesday its third A/H1N1death, which was also the first death resulting from a local transmission of the virus.
The victim, a 42-year-old man, died on Monday at a private hospital, according to the Malaysian Health Ministry.
As of July 28, the number of confirmed cases in the country had risen to 1,219.
Also on Tuesday, Sri Lankan health authorities said nine more A/H1N1 flu cases were confirmed, bringing the total number of A/H1N1 flu cases in the country to 53.
In Vietnam, the Ministry of Health confirmed 60 more A/H1N1 influenza cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 672, local newspaper The People reported on Tuesday.
South Korea's health authorities on Wednesday confirmed 48 new cases of A/H1N1 flu, raising the total number of flu infections to 1,327, Yonhap News Agency reported.
Confirmed A/H1N1 flu cases have risen to seven in Myanmar with a 25-year-old man being found to have been infected with the virus, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported on Tuesday.
In New Zealand, the number of deaths related to A/H1N1 flu rose to 13 while the number of confirmed cases in the country reached 2,704 on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health said.
The death toll is up from 12 on Monday, with the latest death involving a woman in her 30s in Wellington.
The disease is also spreading in Iran, with the country's Health and Medical Education Ministry saying on Tuesday that the number of A/H1N1 flu cases in the country had reached 42, the Fars news agency reported.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the A/H1N1 influenza had caused a total of 816 deaths worldwide as of Monday.
The WHO said the tally of accumulated cases worldwide stood at 134,503 on Monday, adding that this tally is actually much lower than the real number of cases, as countries are no longer required to test and report individual cases.
However, it said the world should keep monitoring the virus and be prepared for any possible mutations of it, especially when winter comes in the northern hemisphere.
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