Number of confirmed swine flu deaths in Czech Republic jumps to 34

Thirty-four people are now known to have died of swine flu in the Czech Republic. Twelve people died of swine flu in the last six days, three of whom had no other medical problems. Just under 1,000 cases of infection with the H1N1 virus have now been detected in the country, with one tenth of that number being registered since Thursday last week. However, tests for the swine flu virus are only carried out in more serious cases, and the Ministry of Health believes that the real number is a lot higher. Nevertheless, there has been less interest in inoculation against the disease than was originally anticipated.

Author: Ian Willoughby