PALAU CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF SWINE FLU

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Follows Guam as disease spreads in Pacific

By Nazario Rodriguez Jr.

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, July 7, 2009) - The World Health Organization confirmed last weekend the first case of influenza A(H1N1) flu in Palau. This follows the first confirmed case of the virus in Guam a day earlier.

There were no immediate details of the Palau case.

The breakdown of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases can be found at the WHO website: www.who.int/en.

Latest data showed a total of 89,921 cases that tested positive for the virus, including 382 deaths worldwide. These included the 12,720 new cases reported in the past three days alone.

As of July 2, the total confirmed cases reported by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in the United States was 33,902, including 170 deaths.

There were 6,185 new confirmed cases in the U.S. in the past three days.

WHO data also showed 1,582 new cases, including three deaths in Mexico, where the flu was first discovered. This brings the total number of confirmed cases of the virus in Mexico to 10,262.

The Department of Public Health yesterday assured there is no confirmed case of the influenza A (H1N1) flu in the CNMI.

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