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Swine Flu Claims 40 More Lives in Iran In One Week

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

A total of 140 patients have lost their lives due to swine flu since it emerged in Iran on June 22, director of the Flu Prevention Program of the Health Ministry said in Tehran on Wednesday.

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)
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"Swine flu has claimed the lives of 40 Iranians over the past seven days, bringing the country's total death rate to 140," Mahmoud Soroush said.

"A total of 3,672 individuals have been so far infected with the H1N1 virus across the country," he noted.

444 new cases of the disease have been reported over the past seven days, bringing the country's total number of H1N1 infected cases to 3,672.

There was a decrease in the number of those diagnosed with the disease over the past week compared to the week before the past week.

A total of 444 people have been diagnosed with the disease during the past week, while the number was 466 patients for the week before the last week.

Iran's first swine flu case was a 16-year-old Iranian-American boy, who tested positive for the disease on June 22, upon his arrival in Tehran.

The H1N1 virus has now become the dominant influenza virus around the globe, with high levels and an increase of activity in many regions, since the disease burst onto the scene in Mexico in April, the World Health Organization said recently.

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