HONG KONG — At least 12 people have died from swine flu in Hong Kong in less than a month, the territory’s health authority said on Thursday, after the latest death from the disease.
A spokeswoman for the health authority said one elderly person had died of confirmed swine flu, while another had died of influenza type A, of which swine flue is a sub-type.
An increase in swine flu cases caused densely populated Hong Kong to step up surveillance for the virus on January 24.
Since then there have been at least 12 swine flu deaths, while another two people have died from type A flu, with the sub-type not yet confirmed, the spokeswoman told AFP.
“We want to make the public alert to the seriousness” of the situation, she said.
The latest cases come a year-and-a-half after an outbreak of the disease killed 80 people in the city.
Swine flu has killed more than 18,400 people and affected virtually all parts of the world since it was uncovered in Mexico and the United States in April 2009, according to the World Health Organization.
In August, the agency said swine flu had “largely run its course”, declaring an end to the pandemic.
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in 2004, Raw Story reaches 5 million unique readers per month and serves more than 19 million pageviews.