Dutch Mexican flu total exceeds 500

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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

1 Comment To This Article

  • Laura K. posted:

    on 1st August 2009, 11:47:57 - Reply

    Are you aware that it is RACIST to refer to it as the Mexican flu? Other countries do not call it that for a good reason. It's swine flu or H1N1 virus!

    And a note for everyone reading.. please do not get the vaccine when it comes out. This flu is not dangerous and is rarely fatal. The regular flu we get every year is worse! The vaccine is brand new and the side effects are unknown (yet it's being tested on 3-8 yr old CHILDREN and pregnant women!). One major ingredient in it causes infertility. Please just say no!