MEXICO CITY, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Guatemala's Heath Minister Celso Cerezo said on Wednesday that the country has confirmed another six cases of A/H1N1 flu, bringing the total infections nationwide to 66, according to news reaching here.
Of those confirmed cases, 48 have completely recovered after receiving anti-viral treatment, the minister told media in Guatemala City. He added that samples from a further 30 people are being examined and that the disease is now officially considered an epidemic in the nation because transmission is now occurring from person to person.
The new cases involved two 12-year-old boys, two adult women, and two girls whose ages the minister did not reveal. The samples under study are all from people who are relatives of the existing confirmed cases.
Cerezo repeated an earlier official estimate that the number of infections may reach as many as 160 by the end of the month.
Cerezo also said that the nation's schools will be closed from Monday until July 1, giving additional details on the measure first announced on Tuesday by Guatemala's Education Ministry. Before the flu outbreak, schools were originally scheduled to close from June 20 to 30.
Several private educational institutions that had seen cases of the new flu suspended classes two weeks ago.
Guatemala is currently operating a sanitary cordon at border posts, sea ports and airports, checking new arrivals for symptoms of the flu. The measures are part of a so-called "orange alert" program.