More than 1,000 swine flu deaths so far this year: Brazil

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More than 1,000 swine flu deaths so far this year: Brazil ;

Amid economic problems, political crisis and Zika outbreak, Health Minister Brazil announced Wednesday a new concern: a resurgence of swine flu that has killed more than 1,000 people since the beginning of the year.

With the Rio Olympics just two months away, health officials reported 1,003 deaths so far this year from swine flu also known as H1N1 flu virus.

This number is the highest number of disease-related deaths in Brazil since 2009, when 2,060 people died.

government health officials said they have recorded 5,214 total cases of swine flu between January 3 and June 11 this year.

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More people tend to be a victim of the disease in May and June, when the weather starts to get cooler. The rally started earlier than usual this year, capturing health authorities off guard.

“vulnerable unvaccinated populations have remained unprotected,” Caio Rosenthal, Institute of Infectious Diseases Emilio Ribas told the news website G1 Brazilian.

“As soon as we started to distribute the vaccine, cases have decreased,” Rosenthal said.

The virus has affected nearly all 27 states, but is concentrated mainly in the southeastern region, where 2,606 infections have been reported and 540 deaths.

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Most cases come from the region of Sao Paulo, Brazil political and economic epicenter, where there have been 2,197 cases, 434 of them fatal.

Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympic Games will be held from August 5-21 registered 150 cases and 44 deaths related to the virus.

Increasing cases of swine flu is another blow to the country of South America and it is an epidemic of Zika virus, a disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito with similar symptoms of dengue.

Zika is of particular concern because it can cause infected pregnant women to have children with microcephaly, a congenital defect that causes an abnormally small head and twisted brains.

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On 18 June Brazil registered 1,616 cases of microcephaly. The authorities did not anticipate the epidemic will affect half a million tourists expected to attend the Olympics because temperatures are expected to cool.

fourth golfer Rory McIlory world classified Northern Ireland announced Wednesday that it would not compete in Rio for fear of contracting the virus Zika.

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