Two Women Die From H1N1 Virus in Chinese Capital: Beijing News

Two women have died from the H1N1 flu strain in Beijing in the past two weeks, the Beijing News reported, citing the city’s health authorities.

The number of flu cases in China’s capital is at its highest level since 2008, according to the article, which was posted on the website of the Beijing Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention. The pandemic H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, was the most common strain, it said.

A 22-year-old woman developed symptoms on Dec. 25 and passed away shortly after. The second patient, a 65-year-old woman in the late stages of cancer, died on Jan. 4, Beijing News reported.

The public shouldn’t worry because the virus has become a “seasonal strain” that can be controlled and prevented, the agency was quoted as saying in the article.

Swine flu spread quickly in China in 2009, prompting mass inoculations by the Asian nation. The H1N1 virus was responsible for an estimated 659 deaths as of Jan. 2, 2010, China’s health ministry said at the time.