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WHO has confirmed 10 000 new influenza disease

May 20 2009
18:00

The world already has 10,243 new cases of influenza. It's today affirmed the World Health Organization. A/H1N1 virus was registered in 40 countries, 80 cases died, said in a statement on the WHO website.

Over half the cases (5469V) was confirmed in the U.S., six people died. In Mexico, reported 3648 cases including 72 deaths. In Canada, a new kind of influenza ill 496 people (one died), nine cases of the disease, including one fatal, reported in Costa Rica.

Furthermore, in Japan confirmed 210 cases of infection, in Spain - 107, in the UK - 102, in Panama - 65, France - 15 Germany - 14 Colombia - 12, Italy and New Zealand - 9, Brazil - 8 Israel and China - to 7, in El Salvador - 6, Belgium, and Chile - 5, Cuba, Guatemala, Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Peru and Sweden - to 3 in Norway, Finland, Malaysia, Poland, Thailand and Turkey - and 2. On one occasion found in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Ecuador, Greece, India, Ireland, Portugal and Switzerland.

Experts from the Organization advised people who feel unwell, to defer travel to other countries and seek medical advice if symptoms of influenza. Assistant Director-General of WHO on health security and environment Keiji Fukuda said earlier that a third of the population may become infected with influenza A/H1N1 in the event of a pandemic. Previously, scientists have repeatedly stated that the current flu epidemic is unlikely to repeat the "Spanish Flu" in 1918-1920, which claimed more than 20 million lives, now that physicians and epidemiologists are much more aware of the influenza virus and the mechanisms of the disease.


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