Sunday, August 16, 2009

Swine flu in South Africa: Death toll doubles, case loads surge

SHOOT: I predict that while it may peak and dissipate in countries like Australia, here it will burn deeper and longer through our more vulnerable communities, and of course this is a major concern.
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JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's swine flu death toll has increased to six in two weeks making the country the worst affected by the epidemic on the continent, health officials said Sunday.

Three people died last week, two pregnant women aged 23 and 27 and a man in his 60s.

"Swine flu fatalities in the country now stand at six, this makes us the leading country in Africa with the most A(H1N1) case load and fatalities," national health spokesman Fidel Hadebe, told AFP.

South Africa reported its first infection in June and the country is dealing with some 2800 cases so far, according to the health department.

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