Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Costa Rica reports second Swine flu death

The flu virus that's claimed 311 lives worldwide played a hand in the death of a 35-year-old woman from San Jose Sunday.

The woman had a severe case of pneumonia, health officials reported, and it was only after she died that the strain was detected.

The Health Minister, Maria Luisa Avila, would not reveal the name of the woman, her home town or the hospital she was admitted to, but did say that the woman also suffered from hypertension and obesity.

The woman, who was between 50 and 70 percent over her recommended weight, was admitted to a hospital in critical condition and had no history of having been in contact with others infected with the flu virus.

“We haven't identified any source,” said Daniel Salas, spokesman and doctor at the Health Ministry. “ We are currently investigating where the strain could have come from.”

Costa Rica has 210 confirmed cases and two deaths, according to the latest numbers from the Health Ministry. In mid-May, a 53-year-old man from Heredia, north of San Jose, died of several health complications, the Influenza A(H1N1) virus among them.

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