Friday, July 24, 2009

AH1N1 flu virus deaths in Costa Rica now 16

(AFP/File/Leon Neal)(Inside Costa Rica) - Despite deaths students back to school on Monday

The number of deaths from the AH1N1 flu virus keeps on climbing in Costa Rica, now reaching a total 16. The latest victims include a 28-year-old man who was a drug addict and homeless.

A health official explained that the man was admitted to a hospital for physical aggression, but once examined doctors detected that the man was infected with the virus.

The official said that the homeless community is at grave risk of infection as they live theirs lives in stress, poor hygiene condition and suffer from malnutrition.

Another victim of the AH1N1 is a 75-year-old man who had chronic pulmonary problems and was recently operated for gastric cancer.

To date, Costa Rica has recorded a number of 560 cases of confirmed infection, 110 of which are in isolation and 22 cases in intensive care in the metropolitan area (San Jose).

Health Minister, Maria Luisa Avila, confirmed Thursday morning that the one million students and teachers will go back to the classroom on Monday, July 27, putting an end to an extended mid-year school vacation.

The school vacation was extended an extra week as Costa Rica reaches the peak of the AH1N1 pandemic.

Schools were closed this week after health officials decided it was best to keep children home another week to avoid risk of infection.

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