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Brazil confirms second swine flu death

Brazil's health ministry confirmed that swine flu had killed two people and infected more than 1,000 in country.

world Updated: Jul 11, 2009 11:51 IST

Brazil's health ministry confirmed that swine flu had killed two people and infected more than 1,000 in country.

The death of an 11-year-old girl in a Sao Paulo hospital on June 30 came after a first fatality: a man in the southern city of Rio Grande do Sul, who died late June after contracting the flu during a week long trip to neighboring Argentina.

According to the 11-year-old's family, the girl did not travel abroad and it was not known how she became infected, the health ministry said yesterday.

The total number of people in Brazil treated for swine flu, also known as the A(H1N1) virus, stood at 1,027, it added.

"Almost all of those patients have already been released from hospital or are recovering," it said in a statement.

The Brazilian health ministry has advised the young, the old and people with lowered immunity to avoid travel to countries heavily affected by the flu, principally Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico and the United States.