France reports 11 more deaths from A/H1N1 flu

13:10, November 17, 2009      

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French health authorities announced Monday 11 more deaths from A/H1N1 flu on the mainland since Nov. 10.

The new victims include seven men and four women, the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (In VS) said in a statement.

"In total, 43 deaths are attributed to A/H1N1 on the French mainland since the beginning of the epidemic in 2009," the statement said. Among the casualties were five children aged three months to one year.

Another 27 deaths occurred in French overseas territories.

Meanwhile, a primary school in southwestern France's Charente-Maritime department was closed due to suspected cases of A/H1N1 flu in four classes. A kindergarten and a primary school in Gers department, also in southwest France, were closed after children came down with flu symptoms.

A nationwide vaccination was launched on Nov. 12, while a voluntary exclusive vaccination for 12 million children in kindergarten, primary and secondary schools would start from Nov. 25.

Source: Xinhua
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