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Swine flu death occurs outside N. America

May 10, 2009

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— Costa Rica reported the first swine flu death outside North America on Saturday, while Japanese authorities scrambled to limit contact with their country’s first confirmed cases and Mexico delayed the reopening of primary schools in some states.

Australia and Norway, meanwhile, joined the list of countries with confirmed cases of swine flu.

The Health Ministry in Costa Rica confirmed the swine flu death of a 53-year-old man, bringing the global death toll to 52, including 48 in Mexico, two in the United States and one in Canada.

Like other deaths outside Mexico, the Costa Rican man suffered from complicating illnesses, including diabetes and chronic lung disease.

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