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Flu Cases Climb In NZ

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Flu Cases Climb In NZ

Wellington, July 29 NZPA - Cases of flu are climbing as winter progresses, particularly in the upper North Island, but there have been no admissions to intensive care this week, the Ministry of Health says.

Fifty-nine people were admitted to hospital in the last week with influenza-type illness, bringing to 158 the total admitted to hospital this year, said director of public health Dr Mark Jacobs.

Two deaths have been linked to swine flu so far this year in New Zealand, compared with 35 deaths last year.

A survey by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research found about 30 percent of New Zealanders were immune to the virus.

Swine flu emerged in early 2009 in the United States and Mexico, spreading around the world in six weeks.

The World Health Organisation said on July 16 that overall pandemic and seasonal influenza activity was low worldwide.

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