Swine Flu Epidemic in Greece Claims 99 Lives

World | February 22, 2011, Tuesday // 16:25
Bulgaria: Swine Flu Epidemic in Greece Claims 99 Lives A man is vaccinated against H1N1 virus, at a hospital in Athens, Greece. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Greek authorities have issued a warning about swine flu epidemic, which has already claimed the lives of 99 people, local media reported.

Another 127 people affected with swine flu have been hospitalized in intensive care with confirmed symptoms.

Greek epidemiologists have forecast that the number of people affected with the A(H1N1) virus this year would be double the number from last year, which was 149.

According to health officials in Greece, the elderly are more at risk of getting infected, but young individuals can also catch the virus.

In Bulgaria, one person died from swine flu in December 2010.

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