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H1N1 death toll rises to 62

Fourteen people diagnosed with the H1N1 virus have died since Friday, Health Ministry officials said on Monday, noting that the total number of fatalities attributed to swine flu in Greece now stands at 62.

None of the 14 victims of the past few days had been administered with a flu jab, the officials said, noting that the spread of swine flu has peaked.

Another 223 people infected with H1N1 are in intensive care, they added.

Sotiris Tsiodras, an official at the Center for Infectious Diseases Control (KEEL) and a lecturer on infectious diseases at the Athens Medical School, stressed that people belonging to vulnerable social groups – including the elderly, children and those with underlying illnesses – should immediately get inoculated against the virus.

This also applies to citizens who do not belong to vulnerable social groups but display symptoms of infection with H1N1 such as a high fever and sharp chest pains