RIO DE JANEIRO, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's Health Ministry reported on Friday 70 new cases of A/H1N1 flu in the country, bringing the total to 522 in the country.
According to the Health Ministry, most of the cases are from Sao Paulo state (260), followed by Minas Gerais state (65), Rio deJaneiro (52), Santa Catarina (43), Rio Grande do Sul (28), Parana (14), and Espirito Santo (9).
Additionally, there are four cases in Alagoas, Bahia, Goias, Sergipe and Tocantins states, three in Mato Grosso, two in Paraibaand Piaui, and one each in Ceara, Maranhao, Para, Pernambuco, and Rio Grande do Norte, as well as 19 in the Federal District.
Only two of the infected patients remain at hospital. According to the ministry, both are from Rio Grande do Sul state and caught the H1N1 flu during international trips.
A total of 295 patients were infected during international trips, the ministry stated, mostly to Argentina, the United States and Chile. Other 117 patients caught the H1N1 flu in Brazilian territory, and the remaining 36 cases are still under investigation.
Despite the high number of domestic transmission cases, the ministry insisted that the H1N1 flu transmission in Brazil is limited, and that all 117 patients had direct contact with people infected abroad.
So far, there are 477 suspected cases of the H1N1 flu in Brazil, the ministry said. The health authorities are also monitoring the people who had direct contact with the infected patients.