BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Argentine health authorities on
Tuesday confirmed three more swine flu deaths, bringing the
nation's total to four as it enters the South American winter flu
Two of the patients who died lived in Buenos Aires province and
one in the Argentine capital itself, Vice Minister of Health Carlos
Soratti told a news conference.
Claudio Zin, health minister for Buenos Aires province, told
Todo Noticias television that one of the three fatalies was a
28-year-old man who had received a bone marrow transplant for
leukemia 10 years ago. No information was released on the other two
Argentina's first swine flu fatality was a 3-year-old infant
whose death was confirmed Monday.
Soratti said tests had confirmed 138 new cases of swine flu,
bringing Argentina's total to 871, the second highest in South
America after Chile which has at least 2,335 cases.
While the swine flu has hit Mexico and the United States the
hardest, South America has now suffered seven deaths with four in
Argentina, two in Chile and one in Colombia.
Experts have expressed concern that while Mexico has likely seen
the worst of the swine flu, the virus will likely continue to
spread worldwide as flu season ramps up in the Southern Hemisphere.
The World Health Organization declared the swine flu a pandemic
last week. As of Monday, the WHO said 76 countries have reported
nearly 36,000 cases of the virus, with 163 deaths worldwide. That
figure did not include the latest deaths in Argentina.
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