According to Sky News, a total of 191 people have died in Mexico so far this year from the AH1N1 flu virus – a 15 percent increase in one week.
The country’s Health Secretariat says 6,066 cases and 207 deaths have been confirmed from the different strains of flu in 2012.
Of these, 90 percent were caused by the AH1N1 strain, which is also also responsible for 191 fatalities.
The secretariat previously reported that the AH1N1 flu virus took 166 lives up to February 23.
Around 85 percent of patients who died of influenza this year in Mexico had not been vaccinated and 73 percent suffered from another ailment, such as diabetes mellitus, obesity and arterial hypertension, the secretariat said in a communique on Friday.
The AH1N1 virus broke out in Mexico between March and April 2009.
Locally, the alert for the disease was in force up to the end of June 2010, by which time some 1,300 deaths had occurred and more than 70,000 people had contracted the disease.
Three seasonal flu viruses are currently active in Mexico – AH1N1, AH3N2 and influenza B – but the country’s available flu vaccine provides effective protection against all of them.
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