Saturday, July 18, 2009

Costa Rica now with 11 deaths from AH1N1 flu virus

(Photo: Reuters/File)The number of deaths from the AH1N1 flu virus in Costa Rica has now reached a total of 11, continuing the one death per day average of this week.

The latest victim is a 38-year-old woman from Heredia that been showing symptoms of the flu since June 28, but did not visit the local clinic until July 8, said the health minister, Maria Luisa Avila.

The minister explained that the woman was in the high risk group, suffering from asthma and diabetes.

"When she visited the clinic, she was in a delicate condition and was immediately transferred to a hospital, where she remained in intensive care", explained Avila, who refused to specify at which hospital the woman was treated prior to her death.

To date 102 people have been admitted to hospitals, 82 of those are in isolation and 20 in intensive care units.

At the Children's hospital, officials said that 240 children have been suspected of being infected, while only 40 have been confirmed.

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