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Swine flu outbreak claims two more Iranian lives

Iran Press TV

Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:16PM

Two more Iranians have lost their lives after contracting the killer H1N1 flu virus, bringing the total death toll from swine flu to 51 in the country.

The pair died in the cities of Bushehr and Kangan in southern Iran, the chancellor of Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Alireza Raisi said on Wednesday.

He said that 16 patients out of 50 people, who were admitted to hospital with flue symptoms, were diagnosed with H1N1.

On December 10, Iran's Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi said the country has managed to control the outbreak of swine flu, adding, however, that precautionary measures must be taken as weaker waves of the seasonal flu may be back.

The latest deadly outbreak of swine flu was in 2009 when as many as half a million people across the world died of the disease. Iran recorded in its last calendar year (started in March 2014) a total of 89 deaths from the virus.

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