Chile reports 1st swine flu death in South America

June 3, 2009 04:00

Chile's health minister has announced South America's first swine-flu death: that of a 37-year-old Chilean plumber. Health Minister Alvaro Erazo said that Fernando Vera died early Monday in Puerto Montt, 625 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of the capital of Santiago. Authorities in Chile raised the number of confirmed swine flu cases to 360 cases - up from 313 - more than any other country in South America. Erazo announced the death Tuesday.

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