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MEXICO CITY, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Guatemala on Thursday declared a30-day state of "public calamity" after confirming its first case of A/H1N1 flu on Wednesday, according to news reaching here from Guatemala City.
"For the moment, public activities can continue but the state of calamity allows the government to halt them at any moment," the government said in a statement on its website.
The statement added that the A/H1N1 flu virus had spread to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas which borders Guatemala. Chiapashas four confirmed cases of the flu which has killed 44 people and infected 1,204 across Mexico.
Guatemalan Health Minister Celso Cerezo said it is highly probable that one more case of A/H1N1 flu would be confirmed, but for the moment the only confirmed case is an 11-year-old girl who has recently visited Mexico.
Cerezo said the girl is under medical treatment but is not hospitalized, and her family members who had traveled with her are in good health.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday said 2,371 cases of A/H1N1 flu have been reported by 24 countries. Only two deaths have been registered outside Mexico, both in the United States.