CARACAS – An 11-month-old baby girl diagnosed with the AH1N1 flu virus died after several days in a hospital in Venezuela, where 281 cases of the swine flu have been registered, Health Minister Jesus Mantilla said.
The baby “besides testing positive for the AH1N1 virus,” suffered from other clinical pathologies not associated with the disease, including “viral pneumonia, poisoning and a liver problem,” Mantilla said Saturday.
“We cannot say that the girl died from this virus because there are many associated pathologies,” the health minister told state television.
Health authorities are investigating the relationship between the new flu and other clinical pathologies that could have helped cause the death of the child, Mantilla said.
The minister called on the public for calm and noted that of the total of “281” people infected with swine flu, “236” have overcome it and “are in perfect shape.”
He said only 45 people currently have the AH1N1 flu and they are receiving the appropriate treatment, supplied free by the Health Ministry.
The number of confirmed infections with the AH1N1 flu virus stands at 269 and authorities are studying another 48 suspected cases, the deputy minister for health networks, Nancy Perez, told the official ABN news agency on Friday.
The first case of swine flu in Venezuela was detected on April 28 in a 22-year-old man who had traveled to Panama.