Dutch Mexican flu total exceeds 500
More than 500 people in the Netherlands have contracted the H1N1 virus, reports Public Health Institute.The Netherlands – The number of cases of Mexican flu in the Netherlands has newly exceeded 500. In its latest figures, the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment reports 517 cases, more than twice last week's total.
Most cases are in the Amsterdam region, where 46 people have contracted the H1N1 virus. The lowest affected regions are Zeeland and Friesland, where respectively two and three people have the virus.
The first case of the virus in the Netherlands was diagnosed on 30 April. Only around 25 percent of those infected contracted the illness in the Netherlands.
On Thursday, Belgium reported its first fatality as a result of the flu. So far no deaths in the Netherlands have been attributed to the virus.
The Dutch government has ordered 34 million flu vaccines, which are currently under development: two for every resident.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica