Swine flu hits Venezuela

 An outbreak of the H1N1 virus, known commonly
as the swine flu, has hit the Venezuelan Andean state of Merida, the country’s
health minister said.

More
than 100 cases of H1N1 have been recorded in Venezuela as of Tuesday, Eugenia
Sader said.

In
Merida alone there are 56 cases which have tested positive for the virus, and
special precautions have been put in place in that state.

Classes
in Merida have been cancelled for five days, and a ban has been placed on
events at night clubs and other closed-in venues, the agency reported.

The
health minister asked for calm, saying that while the outbreak was confirmed,
there was not an epidemic in the country.

The
most recent global pandemic was the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, in which the
estimates of deaths ranged as high as 12,500 in the United States alone,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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