China Reports 20 Swine Flu Deaths in 2011

by VR Sreeraman on  February 11, 2011 at 1:54 PM General Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Font : A-A+

The health ministry of China reports that at least 20 people have died of swine flu so far in 2011.

The fatalities from A(H1N1) influenza have been recorded in at least nine locations since mid-January, the ministry said on Friday.
 China Reports 20 Swine Flu Deaths in 2011
China Reports 20 Swine Flu Deaths in 2011

The official Xinhua news agency reported another death in Guangdong province in the south, citing local officials, but an official at the ministry said he could not confirm that the toll had risen to 21.

Swine flu has killed more than 18,400 people and affected practically all parts of the world since it was uncovered in Mexico and the United States in April 2009, according to the World Health Organization.

At least 800 people died in China of swine flu as of April 2010, according to the health ministry.

In August last year, the agency said swine flu had "largely run its course", declaring an end to the pandemic but warning that "localised outbreaks of various magnitudes" were likely to continue.

Several countries have recently reported deaths from A(H1N1) influenza as the flu season peaks but not on the scale seen when the outbreak first emerged, due in part to mass vaccination campaigns.

Shu Yuelong, director of China's National Influenza Centre, said while the number of serious cases and deaths could increase, the outbreak was not as bad as that seen in 2009, according to the government-run Health News.

Wang Yu, spokesman for the Beijing Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, said the threat posed by A(H1N1) should not be overestimated.

"Now we know it as a new, but common kind of flu," Wang was quoted saying by the Global Times on Friday.

"There's no need to panic."

Source: AFP

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Swine Flu Health Risks of Eating Pork 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive