February 14, 2014

The number of people died from swine flu in Egypt since the beginning of December 2013 has increased to 44, Ahmed Kamel, spokesman of the Egyptian Health Ministry, told Xinhua Thursday.

Virus A/H1N1, known as “swine flu,” has been “categorized under the seasonal influenza by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010,” the spokesman said.

Kamel said that the ministry’s hospitals received this winter 577,183 suspect cases of influenza, 24 percent of which were positive. “Only 342 of them were confirmed with H1N1 virus and 44 of them died so far.”

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