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Mozambique reports first two deaths of A/H1N1 flu

2009-09-19 11:37:01 GMT2009-09-19 19:37:01 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MAPUTO, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Mozambique has reported first two deaths of the A/H1N1 variety of influenza, the state media AIM said on Saturday.

The assistant national director of health, Leonardo Chavane, told a press conference on Friday that the first victim was a 45-year-old man who died on Sept. 4, and the second was a 29-year-oldwoman who died two days later.

Currently, there are 71 suspected cases of the disease in Mozambique, and 29 confirmed cases, including 18 women, nine men and 11 children.

Most cases have been diagnosed in Maputo. There are also two cases in the southern province of Gaza and one each in Tete and Sofala, in the center of the country.

Chavane said that in almost all the cases, the sufferers had been travelling and picked up the disease from contact with infected people abroad.

Mozambique has no laboratory certified to analyse cases of A/H1N1 flu, and so the final confirmation as to whether a person is infected depends on the regional laboratory in South Africa.

There is no shortage of anti-influenza medicines. Chavane said the country has enough stocks to deal with 30,000 cases.

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