A(H1N1) Influenza Hits Venezuela

Venezuela’s health minister said Wednesday that the number of patients being treated for A(H1N1) influenza has risen to 923.

Eugenia Sader told reporters that the northwestern state of Merida continues to be the most affected area with 253 cases, followed by the northern Miranda state with 203 and the capital district of Caracas with 205 cases.

Although the spread of the virus has been under control, the minister warned that the A(H1N1) influenza can be deadly if not treated early.

The latest figure shows a total of 211 new cases compared with the last report on Saturday.

The A(H1N1) influenza reappeared in Venezuela on March 18 in Merida state, where one person has died of the virus.

William Davila, member of parliament for Merida state, told Xinhua that he had urged the Venezuelan government to declare a sanitary alert across the country following the latest increase in cases.

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