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A/H1N1 flu cases, deaths continue to rise in Latin America, Caribbean

2009-06-11 04:26:13 GMT2009-06-11 12:26:13 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

by Alejandra del Palacio

MEXICO CITY, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The total number of confirmed cases of the A/H1N1 influenza in Latin America and the Caribbean has risen to 9,148, including 113 deaths, as of Wednesday.

Chile, with a total of 1,694 confirmed cases, announced on Wednesday its third death case of the epidemic, becoming the second Latin American country with the largest number of flu cases.

Costa Rica reported on Wednesday 11 new cases, raising the total number to 104, including one death. Costa Rica was the second Latin American country reporting an A/H1N1 flu death following Mexico.

Guatemala reported on Wednesday another six confirmed cases, bringing the total in that nation to 66, while Nicaragua reported five new cases, with a total of 51 cases in the country.

Brazil confirmed on Wednesday three new cases, bringing the total number of the infected to 43, while Uruguay confirmed four new cases, raising the infected in the country to 36.

Venezuela reported on Wednesday a total of 25 cases.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 235 cases had been reported in Argentina, 64 in Peru, 16 in Paraguay, five in Cuba and three in Bolivia till Wednesday.

Colombia confirmed on Tuesday its first death due to the virus, and the total confirmed cases in the country reached 35.

Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic confirmed on Friday its first death, becoming the fourth country in Latin America to report a flu death. It also reported 11 new cases, bringing the total in the country to 91.

On Tuesday, Mexico said it had reported a total of 6,241 cases, including 108 deaths. Honduras reported a total of 89 cases.

Ecuador on Monday confirmed two new cases, bringing the country's confirmed cases to 60. El Salvador confirmed a total of 69 cases. Panama reported 221 cases.

According to the WHO, the A/H1N1 flu has already killed 141 people across the world, and more than 27,700 people from 74 countries and regions have been infected so far.

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