3 Iraqis dead from H1N1 virus in January

Three Iraqis died of swine flu and hospitals recorded 66 other cases of the H1N1 virus last month, a health ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

"There were 69 cases of swine flu in southern Iraq in January, and three of those people died," said Dr Hawra Abdullah.

She added two of the deaths occurred in the southern port city of Basra, while the third person died in Diwaniyah, south of Baghdad.

Abdullah did not have a tally for 2010.

The World Health Organisation declared last August that the H1N1 - commonly known as swine flu - pandemic was over, more than a year after it threw the world into a panic.

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