Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday its laboratories had identified a total of 787 H1N1 flu infections in 17 countries, including one case in Ireland. The Geneva-based organization also said there were 19 confirmed deaths in Mexico.
WHO’s toll lags national reports about the virus but is considered more scientifically secure.
The UN agency’s most recent figures show 506 people have been infected in Mexico and 160 people have been infected in the US, the two countries most affected by the virus widely known as swine flu. There has also been one US death, identified by authorities there as a Mexican infant.
On Sunday, WHO said there were 397 infections in Mexico and 16 deaths there. The UN agency said its figures changed because of “ongoing testing of previously collected specimens” and not new reported infections.
Mexico has revised downwards its estimate of as many as 176 suspected H1N1 deaths after receiving dozens of negative test results.
Mexican authorities said on Saturday that out of around 100 suspected deaths from the strain, 19 have been confirmed.
Meanwhile, a 28-year-old non-resident Indian, who arrived in Hyderabad from the US on Saturday and was suspected to be suffering from H1N1, has tested negative.
However, a team of doctors monitoring passengers at the airport have referred another passenger, a 29-year-old from Frankfurt, to the state-run Chest Hospital after he showed symptoms of the disease.
The Union government has, meanwhile, banned the procurement and sale of Tamiflu, used against the H1N1 virus, by private companies within the country though manufacturers are allowed to export the anti-viral drug.
The Centre says oseltamivir, the generic version of Tamiflu, is not allowed to be distributed through private channels in India as experts have warned that its indiscriminate use can result in the virus developing resistance to the medicine.
PTI contributed to this story.