(AFP) – Jun 3, 2009
GENEVA (AFP) — Swine flu has now spread to 66 countries with 19,273 people known to have been infected since the disease was first uncovered in April, data from the World Health Organisation showed Wednesday.
The number of deaths rose to 117 after two more deaths were reported by the United States, according to the latest WHO tally of confirmed influenza A(H1N1) cases.
Most of the new cases were reported by the United States, with 1,078 new infections, bringing its total caseload to 10,053, including 17 deaths.
Australia also posted a significant rise of 204 cases, bringing its total to 501.
Egypt reported a case to the WHO for the first time, marking the spread of the virus to Africa for the first time.
Bulgaria and Nicaragua also reported a case each for the first time, while Lebanon reported three cases.
Some affected countries no longer keep track of all cases according to the WHO, while others do not report daily.
The WHO is now only updating its tally three times a week, rather than daily.
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