The worldwide swine flu death toll now stands at 816, according to a bulletin released Monday by the World Health Organization.
Most of the victims (707) have been in the Americas, followed by the Asia-Pacific region (74) and Europe (34). There has been one death in the eastern Mediterranean region, which includes the Middle East and parts of northern Africa, Agence France Presse reported.
The WHO bulletin also said that several countries and territories have reported their first cases of swine flu since the previous bulletin on July 6.
So far, 134,503 cases of infection with the H1N1 swine flu virus have been reported to the agency, AFPreported. However, countries are no longer required to test and report individual cases, which means that latest figure “understates” the actual number of infections, the WHO said.
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