GUATEMALA CITY – Seven people have died from the AH1N1 flu virus in the past eight days, raising the death toll from the disease in Guatemala to nine, Health Minister Celso Cerezo said.
Cerezo said in a press conference on Saturday that six of the deaths occurred at public hospitals.
Guatemala reported its first death from the AH1N1 flu virus in May, when a boy died from the disease.
A total of 458 cases of the AH1N1 flu virus have been registered so far, with 63 cases reported in the past nine days, Cerezo said.
Two of the seven people who died recently were also infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the health minister said.
The AH1N1 flu virus was first detected in Guatemala in May, Cerezo said.
Guatemala has at least 30,000 full Tamiflu treatment kits to deal with the flu outbreak, the health minister said.
People suffering from headaches, nausea, body aches and fever should immediately seek medical assistance, Cerezo said.
Guatemala “has not let down its guard and we are in control of the disease,” the health minister said.