11 Feb '11, 6am

20 died of H1N1 virus in China in 2011

20 died of H1N1 virus in China in 2011

BEIJING: At least 20 people have died of Influenza A (H1N1) virus in China this year, the health ministry said, but officials said there was no reason to panic even as the flu season reaches its peak. The fatalities from have been recorded in at least nine locations since mid-January, the ministry said on Friday. 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. H1N1 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 H1N1 virus as of April 2010, according to the health ministry. In August last year, the agency said H1N1 virus had "largely run...

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