Argentina reports 1st swine flu death

June 16, 2009 04:20

A three-month-old infant has died of swine flu in Argentina, the country's first fatality from the disease. Health Minister Graciela Ocana told a news conference on Monday night that the child died in a Buenos Aires hospital, becoming South America's fourth fatality from the virus. Chile has seen two deaths, and Colombia one. She said four other patients were in intensive care. A health ministry statement said there were 89 more confirmed cases, bringing Argentina's total to 733. Neighboring Chile has 2,335 swine flu cases. Argentina's government rejected suspending classes despite acknowledging that 48 schools had produced confirmed swine flu cases.

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