Monday, June 01, 2009

Number of confirmed AH1N1 virus cases climbs to 49

(Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)(Inside Costa Rica) The Health Ministry confirmed 12 new cases of the AH1N1 flu virus in Costa Rica, bringing the total number of infected to 49.

The Health Minister, Maria Luisa Avila, explained that the latest to be infected is a young man suffering from asthma and is in hospital under quarantine.

The majority of the infected are from San Jose, Heredia, Montes de Oca (San Pedro) and Guadalupe.

For the Health vice minister, Ana Morice, is more important to contemplate how the virus affects humans and not as mush as the number of nations it has affected. Morice explained that WHO officials are reviewing their criteria to the definitions.

The AH1N1 virus called an alert for the virus on April 24, 2009, when the first case was reported in Mexico.

on April 27, the first case of infection of the virus is reported in Costa Rica, when a 21 year old woman was diagnosed after returing from her trip to Mexico three days earlier.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has maintained a level 5 worldwide alert for the virus that was first declared on April 28.

On May 5, a 53 year old man, suffering from diabetes and pneumonia, became the first recorded death attributed to the virus in Costa Rica. Costa Rica also became one of four nations to report a death from the AH1N1 virus. The man had infected three others, who recovered without complications.

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