Peru swine flu death toll swells to 98

Peru Health Minister Oscar Ugarte reported Friday that the AH1N1 flu virus claimed its 98th fatality, and confirmed 353 new cases across Peru.

In the past week, 18 Peruvians died as a result of the swine flu.

According to Ugarte, the latest victims were all at-risk patients that suffered from various conditions, including cerebral palsy, terminal kidney failure, pulmonary fibrosis, osteoarthritis, lupus, tuberculosis and heart failure.

In addition to the deaths, 353 new cases were detected across Peru.

As of Aug. 16, 2009, the virus, declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, WHO, had infected over 209,438 people and caused at least 2,185 deaths worldwide.

In Peru, 6,961 people have so far been infected by the swine flu. Of these, 6,608 have been released from the hospital after receiving treatment.

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