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PALMA
A23-year-old man became the sixth person to die from the swine flu A/H1N1 virus in the Balearics yesterday.
According to the Balearic Ministry for Health, the patient, the second to have died from the virus in the past two days, passed away in a private clinic in Palma.

The Balearic Minister for Health, Vicenc Thomas, yesterday reported that the current flu rate in the Balearics is just under 31 per 100'000 inhabitants. The Minister said that the figure is relatively low and that it is showing a tendency to decline in line with the number of flu cases across Spain.

38 '000 VACCINATED
The Minister said that for the week December 20 to 26, the flu rate was 30.68 per 100'000 while during the previous week, the figure was 18 points higher at nearly 49 cases per 100'000.

Thomas also reported that a total 37'982 people have been vaccinated against the swine flu virus in the Balearics, 31'182 of those in Majorca. However, as the Bulletin reported yesterday, the Spanish government has been disappointed by the poor response from the public to the swine flu vaccine campaign and is going to be launching a concerted drive in the New Year to at least vaccinate all those considered to be in the high risk category.

The Balearic health authority is manning a vaccination hotline for all those interested in having the jab.
The 902 079 079 number operates between 7am and 9pm Monday to Saturday.

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