Authorities are testing a 32-year-old who died Wednesday, and are treating it as a suspicious case, she said. Twelve others tested positive in the southwest state of Merida. One is hospitalized and the others are being treated at home.
Health authorities believe they have isolated the cases and have been administering vaccines, Sader said at a news conference. All of the patients are adults, she said.
The cases were announced earlier by Information Minister Andres Izarra, who said health officials were taking measures to prevent the illness from spreading.
Venezuelan health officials in 2009 attributed dozens of deaths to swine flu and said hundreds of other people were diagnosed. The H1N1 outbreak that year caused worldwide panic, but fears subsided once people realized it didn’t become as widespread as people originally predicted.
A swine flu outbreak in Ecuador has killed at least eight people this year and sickened dozens of others.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.