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Swine Flu Outbreak Kills 11 In Armenia

YEREVAN -- Armenian officials say an outbreak of the H1N1 swine flu virus has killed 11 people in the country in the last two months.

Health Minister Armen Muradian said on January 15 that a 61-year-old woman had died from the H1N1 virus on January 14, raising the death toll from the outbreak to 11.

According to Muradian, 92 patients with swine flu symptoms are currently being treated in emergency units at several medical institutions. He said 11 of them are in very serious condition.

Meanwhile, Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotian said that due to the outbreak, a winter break for secondary schools across the country had been prolonged by one week until January 25.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Anahit Haytayan said on January 14 that the deaths did not amount to an epidemic.

An outbreak of the virus has also killed more than 50 people in Ukraine this winter.

With reporting by Reuters