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The state Health Department reported
the death of a person with influenza A (H1N1) in the General Hospital
of Ciudad Juárez, bringing the total to 12 deaths by the
resurgence of the disease.
In a press release, it was reported that the person, male, belonging to the age group 25-44 years, died since last April 20 but till today the laboratories confirmed that the virus was mentioned.
He clarified that 13 deaths have been subjected to laboratory studies. Of these, only there is official confirmation of the presence of influenza virus in 12 people and one is discarded.
The above translation describes the mounting H1N1 death toll in Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico. It is unclear if this fatality is also linked to the death cluster at the Traffic Station in eastern Juarez. The above discarded case was from the index case, diagnosed with atypical penumonia, in the outbreak. H1N1 was confirmed in the partner of the index case, who also died. At least one additional member of the department was in critical condition, so the total number of dead in that cluster is likely to have increased.
Moreover, a recently released report on week 14 contained a dramatic spike in influenza-like illness (ILI) in southeastern Juarez, raising concerns that the death toll will continue to mount. Similarly, record numbers of Pneumonia and Influenza (P&I) deaths have been reported across the border in El Paso, Texas.
These mounting deaths continue to raise concerns that the emerging Chihuahua sub-clade will become dominant in the northern hemisphere, where the current flu season is ending, and the southern hemisphere, where the traditional flu season will soon begin.
These concerns have been increased by the presence of D225N in samples collected from the upper respiratory tract.
Release of additional sequences with D225N, as well severe and fatal cases in El Paso, would be useful.