Saturday, May 09, 2009

Costa Rica sees first swine flu death

A Red Cross staff carries a patient with symptoms of influenza A (H1N1), formerly referred to as swine flu, as he arrives to Calderon Guardia hospital, in San Jose April 30, 2009. (Photo: REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate)By Marianela Jimenez

San Jose, Costa Rica (AP) – Costa Rica reported the first swine flu death outside North America on Saturday.

The Health Ministry in Costa Rica confirmed the swine flu death of a 53-year-old man, bringing the global death toll to 52, including 48 in Mexico, two in the United States and one in Canada.

Like other deaths outside Mexico, the Costa Rican man suffered from complicating illnesses, including diabetes and chronic lung disease.

The Costa Rican fatality was one of eight swine flu cases in the country confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Minister Maria Luisa Avila told The Associated Press.

Avila said officials had been unable to determine how the Costa Rican patients became infected, but she said he had not recently traveled abroad. Many flu sufferers in other nations have been linked to recent trips to the United States or Mexico.

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