Mexico's A/H1N1 death toll rises to 89 2009-05-28 05:29:21   Print

    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. 

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