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A/H1N1 flu death toll rises to 85 in Mexico

2009-05-26 21:24:11 GMT2009-05-27 05:24:11 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MEXICO CITY, May 26 (Xinhua) -- The Mexican Health Ministry said on Tuesday that the influenza A/H1N1 flu death toll rose from 83 to 85 and the infected cases totaled 4,806 cases.

In a communique issues on Tuesday, the ministry said that it was "important to make clear that the death toll and the infection cases are not new," but those figures correspond to samples of confirmed cases that were being under research.

The ministry also said that the number of deaths for H1N1 flu virus corresponds to the 1.8 percent of the infected cases and that 12 of the cases died after April 23.

According to the ministry, of the patients who died 54.1 percent were female, 45.9 percent were male, and 76.5 percent were between 20 and 54 years old.

Also 23 of the patients were housewives, 17 freelancers, 13 employees at private companies, eight students, six minors, six traders and the rest were unemployed and retired, the ministry said.

Most of the death patients (30.6 percent) had metabolic diseases like obesity and diabetes, 17.6 percent had heart diseases and the rest were smokers or had breathing problems, the ministry said.

The most affected State in Mexico for the H1N1 flu virus have been Mexico City, State of Mexico, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz, Jalisco and Hidalgo.

According to the World Health Organization, 12,954 people have been infected with the novel flu in 46 countries, and the country with largest number of infections is U.S with 6,764.

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