The H1N1 virus is a seasonal flu virus found in humans. A Cuban migrant's death from the H1N1 influenza virus has alarmed authorities in Panama, where nearly 1,000 other Cubans are stranded near the border with Costa Rica, reported an official on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.
The country's health ministry said the 53-year-old Cuban man was taken to a hospital near the border on Saturday, January 2, 2016, and died the next day of severe respiratory problems linked to the virus.
Two other Cubans admitted at the same time with similar symptoms were said to be doing well under special supervision.
Nearly 8,000 other Cubans are currently in Costa Rica, stranded there by Nicaragua's decision mid-November to likewise prevent them passing through its territory on their way to the United States.
An agreement between several Central American nations is meant to see dozens of the Cubans flown from Costa Rica to El Salvador within days to allow them to continue their journey, but no date or transport details have yet been given.