Two More Countries Hit as A/H1N1 Flu Continues to Spread in South America
    2009-05-29 15:09:15     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang Jin
Bolivia and Venezuela on Thursday became the latest countries to be hit by the A/H1N1 flu outbreak in South America as the number of cases continued to rise in the region.

Bolivia's Health Ministry confirmed on Thursday the country's first two cases of A/H1N1 when two people arrived on Sunday in the eastern city of Santa Cruz from New York.

In Venezuela, a 22-year-old man who returned on Monday from Panama was confirmed by health authorities on Thursday as the country's first case of A/H1N1. Six people who had been in close contact with him, and 80 others on the same flight, are being monitored.

In Honduras, Health Minister Carlos Aguilar on Thursday confirmed the country's second case of A/H1N1.

The man, who is in stable condition, arrived in the capital of Tegucigalpa 15 days ago from Florida, Aguilar said.

In Peru, the Health Ministry said on Thursday the number of A/H1N1 cases in the country had risen to 35 after four new cases were confirmed in Arequipa province.

The ministry said the newly infected people were relatives or others who had come into close contact with the confirmed A/H1N1 sufferers.

In Argentina, health authorities on Thursday reported seven new cases of A/H1N1, bringing the total number to 44 in the country.

Due to the increase, a school, a kindergarten and four other educational institutions were closed in Argentina on Thursday as a preventive measure.

Also on Thursday, Panama's Health Ministry raised the number of A/H1N1 cases in the country to 107, among whom 57 are women and 50 men.

Out of the 20 new cases, 12 were found in the Atlantic coastal city of Colon, bringing the number of infected there to 18.

Brazil's Health Ministry confirmed on Thursday four new cases of A/H1N1, bringing the total to 14 in the country.

Three were in Sao Paulo and one in Santa Catarina. All four caught the virus during visits to the United States.

There are currently 20 suspected A/H1N1 cases in Brazil, up from 16 on Wednesday, the ministry said.

Chile's Health Ministry said on Thursday that the number of A/H1N1 cases in the country had risen to 199 after 31 new cases were confirmed.

Among the new cases, two were from the Valparaiso region, 13 from the Metropolitan region, two from the Biobio region and 14 from the Los Lagos region, the ministry said.

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday some 13,398 A/H1N1 cases had been recorded in 48 countries.

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