Global flu tally at 6,500: European health agency

May 14th, 2009 - 4:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Stockholm, May 14 (DPA) The US accounted for over half of the almost 6,500 confirmed cases of the influenza A(H1N1) virus, according to figures released Thursday by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The pan-European agency tallied some 6,497 global cases including 3,352 in the US, 2,446 in Mexico and 389 in Canada.

The number of cases almost doubled to 29 in Panama compared to Wednesday. Costa Rica and Brazil each had eight cases, Colombia had six while El Salvador had four cases, the ECDC said.

From the Asia and Pacific region, China reported two new cases raising its total to four while Thailand reported its first two cases.

The influenza has to date claimed 65 lives of which 60 were in Mexico, three in the US and one in Canada, the ECDC said.

In Europe there were five new confirmed cases compared to Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases to 222.

Spain topped the tally with 100 cases. Britain has reported 71 cases, France 14, Germany 12 and Italy nine cases.

In total, 16 countries in Europe have reported cases of influenza A(H1N1), including the addition of Belgium with one.

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