Global Swine Flu Deaths on the Rise: WHO

2 February 2010 (Last Updated February 2nd, 2010 18:30)

The global death toll from the H1N1 (swine) flu pandemic has increased to at least 14,711, up 569 from a week ago, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The spread of the virus reached its highest point in most of the northern hemisphere in October and November but transm

The global death toll from the H1N1 (swine) flu pandemic has increased to at least 14,711, up 569 from a week ago, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The spread of the virus reached its highest point in most of the northern hemisphere in October and November but transmission is still active in parts of North Africa, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and South and East Asia.

The virus appeared to have peaked in North Africa in December or January, the WHO added.

There are slight rises in cases of flu and respiratory illnesses in several European countries including Austria, Albania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Russia, the WHO said.

The worst affected region has been the Americas, with at least 7,166 deaths from A H1N1 influenza, while Europe has recorded at least 3,429 deaths.