SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's health authorities on Sunday said a two-month-old infant and a 64-year-old male patient, both of them infected with A/H1N1 flu, died in recent days.
The baby girl, a Seoul metropolitan resident, died of acute heart failure at a hospital on Oct. 6, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said.
She was confirmed to have been infected with the new flu virus in a posthumous medical test conducted on Oct. 7. Further tests are going on to confirm whether the new flu is the direct cause of her death, the ministry said.
The baby began to show flu symptoms on Sept. 25, and was sent to a hospital on Oct. 5. She did not receive antiviral treatment as it's too late to be tested for the virus, the ministry added.
The ministry also said a 64-year-old flu A/H1N1 patient, who had long suffered from lung cancer, died on Saturday. The Seoul resident was tested positive for the new flu virus on Oct. 9.
If these two death cases are confirmed to be directly caused byA/H1N1 flu, the country's death toll from the new virus will rise to 14.
The country reported its first new flu outbreak in early May, and more than 15,000 cumulative cases have been confirmed across the nation. The country reported its first death case from A/H1N1 on Aug. 15, and the 12th on Oct. 9.
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