MEXICO CITY, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Mexico's Health
Ministry said the death toll from the A/H1N1 flu has risen to 89, up four from a
day earlier, in a statement issued on Wednesday, and the country's number of
infected cases has risen to 4,910, up 104 from a day earlier.
The flu has been deadliest for housewives, who are
the largest group of those killed with 24 out of 89, the statement said. Close
to one third of those who died were also suffering from obesity.
The ministry said that most of the dead had begun
suffering symptoms before April 23, the day the government declared a national
emergency and closed all educational institutions in response to the flu. Some
73 out of 89 are in the pre-April 23 category.
The flu causes a sharp increase in body temperature,
headaches, muscular pains, breathing difficulties and mucus. The ministry is
recommending that residents wash their hands regularly and seek medical help
quickly if any viral symptoms appear. However, worst-affected region Mexico City
has lowered its alert to the lowest possible level and all of Mexico's schools
and businesses have been functioning normally for at least a week.
Earlier on Wednesday, the World Health Organization
reported that 13,398 people are now suffering the disease in 48 nations, and
that 95 of these have died. The United States is the nation with the highest
number of the infected, at 7,900, but it has suffered far fewer deaths than in
Mexico, with 15.