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.
A swine flu outbreak in Ecuador has killed at least eight people this year and sickened dozens of others.