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Swine flu has killed five people this year in Paraná

The Health Department of Paraná reported on Monday (June 18) three deaths caused by influenza A (H1N1) - which causes swine flu - in the state. Since January, five people have died from the virus in Paraná. The most recent cases occurred in the cities of Curitiba, Cornélio Procópio and São Mateus do Sul. More than half of the 64 confirmed cases this year in Paraná were diagnosed in June. Last week, Santa Catarina confirmed 22 deaths since the beginning of the year and Rio Grande do Sul, two.

Winter weather facilitates the circulation of the virus. In 2009 there were 159 deaths from influenza A (H1N1) around the country. "Even with the end of the pandemic, the H1N1 subtype continues to circulate worldwide, now producing only localized outbreaks because most people are already protected against it, either because they have fought off the infection or because they have been vaccinated," said the Ministry of Health alert issued last Friday (June 15).

Information provided by Agência Brasil

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