Iranian Deputy Health Minister, Ali-Akbar Sayyari, said more than 33 people were killed in an outbreak of H1N1 in Iran over the past three weeks.

He said on Tuesday during a national broadcast in Teheran that the flu claimed 28 lives in Iran’s central Kerman province and five, including four pregnant women, in the country’s Southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan province.

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Sayyari warned that the health officials had predicted that the disease would spread across the country in the coming days.

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Influenza A (H1N1) virus is the subtype of influenza A virus.

In June 2009, the World Health Organization declared the new strain of swine-origin H1N1 as a pandemic.

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This novel virus spreads worldwide and had caused about 17,000 deaths since the beginning of 2010.


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