SAN SALVADOR – A Salvadoran journalist who died last week may have been infected with the AH1N1 flu virus, becoming the eighth person to die from the disease in El Salvador, the press reported Sunday, citing health officials.
The Prensa Grafica newspaper identified the journalist as Veronica Ferrufino, who worked as Diario de Hoy’s correspondent in the eastern city of San Miguel until March.
The journalist died Friday night after being “in critical condition and under suspicion that it was the type A flu. A test was done and we are awaiting the results,” Social Security Service director Oscar Kattan told Prensa Grafica.
The La Pagina online newspaper, meanwhile, reported that the 30-year-old Ferrufino would be buried Sunday in San Miguel.
The journalist died at a Salvadoran Social Security Institute, or ISSS, hospital, where she had been taken after spending 15 days at another hospital in San Miguel, Kattan said.
Her condition deteriorated because she had pneumonia and was obese, the health official said.
El Salvador previously reported the deaths of six children and a pregnant woman from the AH1N1 flu virus.
The Central American country has registered 530 confirmed flu cases, while 121 other people are suspected of having been infected with the virus, the Health Ministry said in its latest report.
The government ordered all schools closed for 14 days starting Monday in an effort to halt the spread of the virus.