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Sunday, February 5, 2012

58 People Die of Flu in Mexico So Far This Year

Via Latin American Herald Tribune :

" A total of 58 people have died of the flu in Mexico so far this year, with 2,815 living patients confirmed to have the infection, the latest report by the Health Secretariat said.

From Jan. 1 to Feb. 2, according to the epidemiological report, the 58 deaths were caused by different strains of flu virus, the predominant one being the AH1N1 swine flu with 93 percent.

The Health Secretariat said in a communique Friday that the deaths make up 2 percent of the total number of confirmed cases of the illness.

Of the 2,815 cases of infection, 90 percent have been due to the AH1N1 virus, “the seasonal virus that has predominated since the beginning of 2012.”

Three seasonal flu viruses are currently active in Mexico: AH1N1, AH3N2 and influenza B.

Up to now, the average incidence of doctor’s visits for seasonal flu has been 15 out of every 1,000. During the 2009-2010 pandemic, doctor’s visits for the same illness surged to an average of 35 per thousand."

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