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Swine flu death toll rises in Mexico

Published Jan 23, 2012


Mexico City - The death toll in Mexico from an outbreak of A(H1N1) swine flu has hit nine, with 573 cases detected, officials said on Sunday.

The strain represents 90 percent of detected cases of influenza in the country, the health ministry said in a statement.

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The number of cases reported was up sharply from Thursday, when health officials said 333 had been identified.

Authorities have brushed aside suggestions of a new health emergency but have begun tracking new cases since December.

The first outbreak of the A(H1N1) virus occurred in April 2009 in Mexico and the United States, and quickly became a global pandemic that claimed the lives of 17 000 people. In Mexico alone, more than 1 250 people died.

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The World Health Organisation declared the pandemic over in 2010 as the flu returned to typical seasonal patterns. - Sapa-AFP

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