Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Japan's H1N1 flu cases top 200

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Posted: 20 May 2009 1132 hrs
KOBE, Japan - The number of Influenza A (H1N1) infections in Japan rose to 228 (Note: 237 at 16:00 pm) on Wednesday, most of them school students, as the outbreak spread to a third western prefecture, officials said.

The western commercial hub of Kobe remained the worst affected, announcing more than 20 new infections of the A (H1N1) virus among roughly three dozen new cases confirmed in Japan in the morning.

The western prefecture of Shiga became the third locality to confirm a H1N1 flu infection in Japan, with a man in his 20s (Note: a university student), who returned from a weekend trip to Kobe, testing positive for the virus.


Kyodo news agency earlier reported that 86 per cent of cases detected so far in Japan were between the ages of 10 and 19 -- making it more prevalent among youth in Japan than it is in the United States.:
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