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Sweden 23rd country to report A(H1N1) case

KUALA LUMPUR, 7 May 2009: Sweden became the latest country to confirm  an influenza A(H1N1) case today, bringing the total number of affected countries to 23.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said in a statement, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that until midnight (Malaysian time), the number of cases worldwide had risen to 1,893 cases, following an increase of 403 cases from the previous count.

The number of deaths had risen to 31, with 29 of them in Mexico and two in the United States.

WHO also reported 942 confirmed influenza A(H1N1) cases in Mexico from 822 cases the previous day, and the US having 642 cases.

Mohd Ismail said WHO still maintained its influenza pandemic warning at Level 5 and did not recommend any health, travel and trade prohibition or the closure of borders for any country.

He said at the moment, Malaysia was still free from the disease infection. — Bernama

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