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Nicaragua confirms first A/H1N1 flu death

2009-08-13 01:35:33 GMT2009-08-13 09:35:33 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MANAGUA, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Nicaragua has confirmed its first A/H1N1 influenza death on Wednesday, the Health Ministry announced.

"Today we have had the first death related to the A/H1N1 virus. It was a 30-year-old female patient from Cruz del Rio Grande in the Caribbean region," Health Minister Guillermo Gonzalez said. He added that "despite her youth, she was not able to survive."

According to the minister, the patient started to have flu symptoms soon after her baby was born by caesarean. She arrived in a Managua hospital in grave condition before succumbing to the flu.

So far, Nicaragua has reported 543 infections since its first case 72 days ago. Some 515 have recovered, while 28 patients are in stable condition and continue to receive medication at home.

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