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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mexico’s 2012 Swine-Flu Death Toll Climbs to 81

Via Latin American Herald Tribune :

" The AH1N1 flu strain has left a total of 81 deaths in Mexico so far this year, while 3,522 people have been infected with the virus, federal health officials said.

From Jan. 1 until Feb. 9, 2012, there have been 3,882 cases confirmed and 89 deaths from the different types of flu virus, the Health Secretariat said in a statement.

Three seasonal viruses are currently being transmitted in Mexico – AH1N1, AH3N2 and influenza B – but the AH1N1, or swine flu, is the predominant one this year, with 91 percent of the infections and the same percentage of deaths.

By Feb. 3 the secretariat had registered the deaths of 58 people across the country in 2012 from the different types of seasonal flu, which meant the number of fatalities had jumped by 53 percent.

The AH1N1 virus broke out in Mexico between March and April 2009, and locally the alert for the disease was in force up to June 29, 2010, by which time some 1,300 deaths had occurred and more than 70,000 people had contracted the disease."

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