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17 people in Venezuela died of swine flu
After swine flu initially caused horror worldwide in 2009, the number of fatal H1N1 infections has been extremely manageable in the past two years. The feared deadly pandemic proved to be less of a threat than initially thought. However, according to media reports, at least 17 people have died in Venezuela as a result of a swine flu infection. Over 250 people are said to have been infected with the H1N1 virus.
The outbreak of swine flu in Venezuela is, according to the Venezuelan Minister of Health, probably a late consequence of the swine flu pandemic 2009/2010. Most of the currently reported infections would have occurred in the border area with Colombia. As a high-risk group, the older and the very young residents are particularly at risk. According to official announcements, a large part of them have already been immunized by vaccination. Around three million people in Venezuela have already been vaccinated. It can therefore be assumed that the number of new infections - despite the current spread of H1N1 infections in the border area with Colombia - will remain manageable, according to the position of the Venezuelan government.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), swine flu had claimed approximately 18,500 fatalities in the course of the previous pandemic, although epidemiologists consider this to be a thoroughly conservative estimate. (fp)
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