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Swine flu cases spread in Latin America

world Updated: Jun 08, 2009 11:03 IST

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Managua, June 8 (AFP) Nicaragua has reported six new cases of swine flu, raising to 26,the total number of people infected with the virus across the country, while Argentina reported 13 new confirmed cases as the disease continued its march through Latin America.

Health officials in Uruguay reported three new cases of the A(H1N1) virus yesterday, bringing the total number to 25, while in Peru health officials confirmed 12 new cases, saying the total there is now 61 there.
Nicaragua's health minister Guillermo Gonzalez said cases of the illness are "appearing because we are actively looking for them," explaining the uptick in the disease first detected here just seven days ago.

The latest rash of cases prompted brigades of health workers to descend on some 20,000 homes in a Managua neighbourhood where the outbreak was spotted.Gonzalez said, "The majority of cases have been detected in people who visited the countries where the disease has taken a firmer hold."

In Nicaragua the virus has largely hit school-aged children, prompting the temporary closure of at least two schools.
Meanwhile, Argentina's 13 new cases bring the total number of cases there to 215, according to health officials, who said three-quarters of confirmed cases have been in school-aged children.