Mexico’s swine flu death toll rises to 44, at least 1,160 infected

May 8th, 2009

Mexico’s swine flu death toll rises to 44

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s health secretary says tests have confirmed two more deaths from swine flu, bringing the toll to 44.

Jose Angel Cordova says the two new deaths were a woman from the northern state of San Luis Potosi and a man from central Tlaxcala state.

He says they died a while ago but tests only just confirmed they had swine flu. He did not give a specific date for their deaths.

Cordova says 1,160 people have been sickened, up 90 from the previous confirmed number of cases. He said at a news conference Thursday that the number of new cases continues to decrease.

High schools and universities are reopening Thursday as Mexico gradually eases a nationwide shutdown designed to keep the swine flu outbreak from spreading.

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