WHO Says Swine Flu Deaths Surge to 1,154

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GENEVA (AP) - The World Health Organization says 338 people have
died from swine flu in the last week.

The H1N1 virus is now responsible for a total of at least 1,154 deaths since it emerged in Mexico and the United States in April and later developed into a global epidemic. Most of the deaths are in the Western Hemisphere.

WHO said Tuesday that laboratory confirmed cases of the disease
have now reached 162,380. It says this number is likely a low estimate because hard-hit countries are no longer testing all the people with flu symptoms.

WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said "nobody knows" how many
people are infected in the 168 countries and territories with cases.

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