21 Feb '11, 3am

Three more H1N1 flu deaths in Hong Kong

HONG KONG - THREE more people in Hong Kong have died from swine flu, bringing the death toll to at least 17 in the past month, the territory's health authority said on Monday. Health officials have stepped up surveillance on the virulent strain of influenza since late last month amid concerns about more deaths in the teeming metropolis of seven million. The latest three victims, who died last week, were a 64-year-old woman and two men aged 71 and 83, and come a year-and-a-half after an outbreak of the disease killed 80 people in the city. 'We are currently at the peak of the flu season,' York Chow, the city's Secretary for Food and Health, told reporters on Sunday. 'We anticipate this peak will last until mid March.' But Mr Chow sought to play down fears of widespread fatalities, saying there were no signs so far that the virus had mutated into a drug-resistant strain. Hon...

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