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Thursday January 30, 2014

Flu Death Toll Rises in Mexico

Flu Death Toll Rises in Mexico

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A total of 227 people have died from influenza this month in Mexico, the Health Secretariat said.

Laboratory tests have confirmed 2,214 influenza cases from Jan. 1 to Jan. 28, of which 1,859 cases were of the AH1N1 strain, 104 cases of the AH3N2 type, 24 of the type B influenza virus and 227 cases of other strains, the secretariat said in a statement.

“During the same period, 227 deaths were registered from influenza, of which 209 were from AH1N1, one from type B, one from AH3N2 and 16 from other strains,” the secretariat said.

A total of 337 cases and 59 deaths were registered from Jan. 1 to Jan. 4; 768 cases and 110 deaths were confirmed from Jan. 5 to Jan. 11; 572 cases and 38 deaths were registered from Jan. 12 to Jan. 16; 528 cases and 20 deaths were confirmed from Jan. 17 to Jan. 23; and nine cases, with no deaths, were registered from Jan. 24 to Jan. 28, the secretariat said.

“It is important to point out that due to the process of taking samples, shipping them and conducting diagnostic tests, the figures will be modified as laboratory results are known, the Health Secretariat said.

Only 32 deaths and 556 cases of different flu strains had been reported by the secretariat as of Jan. 16 for 2014.

Health officials, however, said the situation was normal and there was no need to issue an epidemiological alert.

The AH1N1 flu virus responsible for the 2009 pandemic is now a seasonal virus, the secretariat said.

The AH1N1 influenza strain was detected in Mexico between March and April 2009.

Around 1,300 people died and more than 70,000 others were infected by AH1N1 in Mexico, where a health alert was kept in place until June 29, 2010.

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