Peru Reports 44 Deaths from H1N1 Virus

Peru’s Health Ministry said this week that there have been 44 deaths in the Andean country from the H1N1 influenza virus, commonly called swine-flue, daily La Republica reported.

The ministry said that 17 of the deaths were in Lima.

It also said there have been 760 reported cases of the virus, with 49 percent of those, equal to 374 people, in Lima and Callao.

In 2009, the World Health Organization declared the H1N1 a pandemic.

Local media in Peru has been covering the latest deaths from the virus. The latest person to die was a pregnant woman in Lambayeque region, on Peru’s north coast.

There have been complaints of shortages of vaccines for the H1N1 in Lima and other Peruvian cities. On Tuesday, the Health Ministry said that it has distributed 1.7 million vaccines since April across the country. It said it is also working on other activities to prevent the spread of the virus.

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