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H1N1: 5000 already dead

Influenza H1N1 has killed at least 5,000 people in 195 countries and territories around the world
Influenza H1N1 has killed at least 5,000 people in 195 countries and territories around the world
 

Influenza H1N1 has killed at least 5,000 people in 195 countries and territories around the world since its launch in March-April, according to the latest assessment of 'World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.

The previous record of WHO, released October 16, was a report of "at least 4735 deaths", an increase of 265 deaths in one week.

In North America, the death toll reached 3539 people. 1028 died in Asia and at least 261 in Europe.

Iceland, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago have recorded their first deaths related to influenza H1N1, while Mongolia, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe have reported their first cases of people infected.

The disease has however begun to decline in the tropics, except in Cuba, Colombia and El Salvador.

"In general, influenza activity in the northern hemisphere is the same as last week, although respiratory diseases continue to spread and intensity, " said a statement from the WHO.

The new virus has affected at least 414,945 people worldwide, according to the latest data from the WHO stressed that this figure is far short of reality because many countries do not count cases any more.

 
 
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