European health agency puts global flu tally at 5,100

May 11th, 2009 - 5:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Stockholm, May 11 (DPA) Over 5,100 confirmed cases of the influenza A(H1N1) have now been reported worldwide, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said Monday.
With 2,532 cases, the United States alone accounted for almost half the global number of cases, followed by Mexico on 2,062 cases and 284 cases in Canada, the pan-European agency’s updated figures indicated.

The influenza has to date claimed 53 lives of which 48 are in Mexico, three in the US and one in Canada, the ECDC said.

In Europe there were 196 confirmed cases reported with 95 in Spain, 55 in Britain, 13 in France, 11 in Germany and nine in France.

In all, 14 countries in Europe have confirmed or probable cases with Norway over the weekend becoming the latest country with two confirmed cases that were linked to visits to Mexico. Neighbouring Sweden also reported a second case over the weekend.

The ECDC with headquarters in Sweden began to operate in 2005, and groups the bloc as well as several non-EU members.

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