Death rate from swine flu slows down in Mexico

April 28th, 2009 - 11:57 am ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, April 28 (DPA) Mexican Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos said late Monday that the number of people dying from an infection with the mutated swine flu virus rose slower than expected.
Six people died on Saturday, five on Sunday and three Monday, Cordova said. The number of new infections was also slowing down, from 145 registered new cases to 110 in the past 24 hours.

An estimated 149 people have died from influenza as of Monday, but only 26 deaths have so far been linked to the H1N1 swine flu virus. Cordova did not update these figures when speaking to the press Monday evening.

In the US, 40 cases were confirmed, as were infections in New Zealand and Spain, but no deaths have resulted so far from those cases.

Mexico Monday closed schools and universities until May 6 and limited commercial activity in the capital to stop the spread of the illness.

The World Health Organization (WHO) raised its pandemic alert level for influenza to phase 4 in response to the H1N1 swine flu outbreak’s rapid spread, but did not recommend restrictions on travel.

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