Swine flu: Argentina likely to declare emergency

Last Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2009 04:18 hrs

Buenos Aires: Health officials in Argentina said on Saturday the government may declare a state of emergency as the influenza A(H1N1) virus, also called swine flu, is spreading alarmingly in the country.

Till date, 26 people have died and more than 1,500 people have been infected by the deadly virus in the country.

"The emergency does not mean we're closing everything down. The emergency is a frame of reference for having medicines ready for direct purchase and mobilising health personnel," Health Minister Claudio Zin said.

Swine flu cases rise to 91

A national emergency may be declared next week, the minister said.

Health organisations said the number of swine flu cases is higher than the official figure in the country and hospitals have been unable to deal with the situation.

On Friday, 99 new cases have been tested positive for swine flu, raising the total to 1,587.

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