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Five more deaths from swine flu in Morocco

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    Five more deaths from swine flu in Morocco

    APA-Rabat (Morocco) Five people have died of (H1N1 virus) Influenza A in Morocco bringing to 12 the number of deaths from swine flu since 16 November, said an assessment made on Monday by the Moroccan authorities.

    On 10 June, it was announced that Moroccans from abroad were affected. The virus has since the end of October reached a pandemic proportion boosting the number of affected people from nearly 200 to 2,178 cases, the Moroccan health ministry said.

    In schools, 896 students are among the registered cases, dozens of schools have already closed their doors to avoid the spread.

    Three nationals died of swine flu abroad during childbirth. Two were in Spain and the third one in Canada.

    US$150 million has been allocated to the response plan.

    The vaccination campaign should begin Wednesday in Casablanca, before reaching other parts of the country as of Thursday, the health ministry reassured.

    Morocco would get 10 million vaccinations, according to several sources, but scepticism remains dominant about the population supporting the immunization campaign which will affect, first and foremost, asthmatics, diabetics and those with chronic lung diseases.

    The vaccination of other categories would be launched shortly.