18 Mar '11, 10am

One dead as H1N1 virus returns to Venezuela

One dead as H1N1 virus returns to Venezuela

CARACAS : At least one person has died from a resurgence of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus in Venezuela that infected 12 other people, Health Minister Eugenia Sader said on Thursday. "We have an outbreak of H1N1 in the state of Merida," she said, adding that 12 people have tested positive for the disease and a 32-year-old has died. Sader said only one of those who tested positive had been hospitalised, with the others treating the disease at home. Authorities emphasised that the latest outbreak was a far cry from the 2009 global H1N1 flu pandemic, which killed 114 Venezuelans. Sader said the disease may have been brought in by one of the 160,000 tourists who flocked to the western state of Merida, near the Colombian border, for a bull-fighting festival. In 2009, the disease spread quickly among the Yanomani tribe, an indigenous people in a remote corner of the Amazon jungle ...

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