A 50-year woman has died of swine flu in the Dominican Republican, becoming the second person to die of the A(H1N1) virus in the Caribbean nation, Health Minister Bautista Rojas said.
The flu, which first appeared in Mexico in April, has infected 108 people in the Dominican Republic.
Spreading through Latin America, the virus has had the biggest impact in the countries of the southern cone of South America where the epidemic is expected to peak in the coming weeks as winter deepens in the southern hemisphere.
Argentina has already reported 10 deaths from among 1,213 people infected with the virus, while the toll in neighboring Chile has grown to seven dead from among 4,315 flu cases.
Worldwide, the A(H1N1) virus has sickened 52,160 people in 100 countries and territories, causing 231 deaths, according to the latest figures of the World Health Organization.