Some 3,917 people have died from swine flu infections since the A(H1N1) virus was uncovered in April, the World Health Organisation said today.
This marks a jump of 431 deaths compared to a week ago when 3,486 deaths were recorded, said the UN health agency in its weekly data on the pandemic published on its website.
The Americas region continued to post the highest number of fatal cases, at 2,948.
The Asia-Pacific region reported 702 deaths, while Europe recorded at least 154 fatalities.
In the Middle East, 72 people have succumbed to the virus while in Africa, 41 deaths have been recorded.
The northern hemisphere, which will soon enter the flu-prone winter season, is recording an overall increase in
flu cases, while in the southern hemisphere the spread of flu has eased.
Three-quarters of all flu cases detected during the week of September 6 to 12 were pandemic flu cases, added the WHO.