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Swine flu toll rises to 108, with 500 more cases

world Updated: Jun 10, 2009 09:01 IST

Mexico's swine flu death toll rose by two to 108, with more than 500 new cases bringing the total infections 6,133, the health ministry said, insisting the virus was still on the decline.

"It's important to point out that there are very few recent new cases," a statement said yesterday, as scientists trawled through a backlog of cases.

All of Mexico's 32 states have registered A (H1N1) flu cases, with most in the sprawling capital Mexico City.

The country is struggling to recover after the epidemic struck its crisis-hit economy in April, when tourists fled and many businesses shut down.

Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova has said that Mexico might still lift its swine flu alert this month, despite the slowing rising deaths and confirmed cases.

Mexico is due to host an international summit on swine flu at the Caribbean beach resort of Cancun at the start of next month.

The World Health Organisation earlier yesterday said that the world was getting "very very close" to a swine flu pandemic, adding that 26,563 infections including 140 deaths have been reported to the health agency from 73 countries.

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