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H1N1 (Swine Flu): Argentina: Death toll raised

July 1, 2009

A hospital in Buenos Aires

Hospital in the capital June 30

What happened in Argentina overnight?

  • Death toll now at 35.
  • As part of the measures to combat the outbreak of H1N1 influenza, 17 provinces in Argentina have suspended classes including Buenos Aires province and City: from July 6 – 31 resuming on August 3.
  • The members of the Supreme Court of Justice are meeting today to analyze which measures to adopt as a result of the outbreak of swine flu, judicial sources said. The court is expected to suspend judicial activity for a few weeks, to prevent contagions among public servants of the judicial branch.
  • Government authorities from the province and City of Buenos Aires have decided to extend winter holidays, and bring them forward to next Monday.
  • The health emergency has been declared in both districts. Buenos Aires City’s Health Minister Jorge Lemus assured that “the City’s health system has suficient medications” and that “hospitals are over-crowded, but not colapsed.” For the moment, cinemas, theatres, and restaurants will remain open.
  • The municipality of La Plata authorized pregnant state workers not to attend work to prevent contracting the illness, the government said.
  • The Mayor of Pergamino city, in the province of Buenos Aires, Héctor María Gutiérrez, told BuenosAiresHerald.com that all activities and people gatherings have been cancelled, including classes in schools and universities. “Suspected cases of H1N1 influenza have increased from 4 to 24 in one week,” Gutiérrez said, adding that “the local Crisis Committee has recommended to declare the sanitary emergency for 72 hours.”

Meanwhile, the health minister of Buenos Aires province, Claudio Zin, told the press that according to official statistics, “five percent of the swine flu cases can be serious,” and that the rest of the cases normally heal without the need to hospitalize the patient. As a result of the winter season, Zin said, the outbreak of swine flu is expected to peak in two weeks.

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/BreakingNews/View/5268

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