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Venezuela Swine Flu Cases Continue to Climb

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 03: Marina Spelzini, a registered nurse, measures out an H1N1 vaccine shot at the Miami Dade County Health Department downtown clinic on November 3, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  Unlike other parts of the country which are experiencing long lines and shortages of the vaccine, South Florida is not having this problem. The Miami-Dade County Health Department received 195,000 doses of the vaccine but has only given out about 10,100. Broward County has 52,000 doses on hand and has administered about 10,000 doses.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 03: Marina Spelzini, a registered nurse, measures out an H1N1 vaccine shot at the Miami Dade County Health Department downtown clinic on November 3, 2009 in Miami, Florida. Unlike other parts of the country which are experiencing long lines and shortages of the vaccine, South Florida is not having this problem. The Miami-Dade County Health Department received 195,000 doses of the vaccine but has only given out about 10,100. Broward County has 52,000 doses on hand and has administered about 10,000 doses. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)  (2009 Getty Images)

Venezuelan health authorities said the number of swine flu cases in the country has climbed to 124 – though they cautioned they were not dealing with a public health crisis.

The announcement comes days after the country announced the first H1N1 death this year. A 32-year-old died and tests confirmed the person tested positive for swine flu virus. Another person who died also tested positive for H1N1, though officials said the two who died were also suffering from chronic illnesses.

Eugenia Sader, the country’s health minister, said the country would continue administering vaccines against the flu, and urged all children, pregnant women and those over 60 to get vaccinated immediately. She said pregnant women are “completely susceptible” to the virus.

“The number of cases and the number of people hospitalized does not merit for us to take any other precautions,” she said, according to El Nacional newspaper in Caracas.

Dozens of people died in Venezuela in 2009, the year the World Health Organization declared a strain of the virus a pandemic. A few months later, it downgraded it to a seasonal flu.

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