July 6, 2009

Swine Flu Toll Surpasses 90,000

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Monday that the swine flu has infected 94,512 people globally and has caused 429 deaths since it was first detected back in April.

The WHO said in its statement that the A(H1N1) virus has spread throughout 136 countries and territories.  The WHO's latest update shows 4,591 new swine flu cases and 47 more deaths since the last numbers released on Friday.

Argentina reported 34 more deaths, bringing its toll to 60, which has been the largest increase among all countries.  The Argentine government has undertaken scrutiny for what critics call a slow response to the virus's spread.

The United States is still in first with the most deaths at 170, and Mexico follows behind at second with 119 deaths.

According to the UN health agency, some affected countries no longer keep track of all cases, while others do not report for each of the thrice-weekly bulletins.

Australia is the worst affected country in the Asia-Pacific region with 5,298 cases, with Thailand trailing second with only 2,076 cases.  Thailand's cases number has raised 662 cases since the last report.

Britain still remains one of the worst hit countries in Europe with 7,447 cases.


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