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An outbreak of H1N1 flu has killed 17 people in Venezuela and infected another 250, private media and local authorities said on Monday (May 27).
H1N1, often referred to as swine flu, was a flu strain that swept around in the world in a 2009/2010 pandemic.
Most of the cases were in border states near Colombia.
Venezuela's government has not confirmed the figures given by media and local health authorities. But officials said high-risk groups had largely been immunised, with 3 million vaccinations carried out so far this year.
The World Health Organisation's (WHO) official data show 18,500 people were reported killed in the 2009/2010 H1N1 pandemic, but a study in The Lancet last year said the actual death toll may have been up to 15 times higher at more than 280,000.
H1N1 flu kills 17 people in Venezuela (0:32)
May 27 - An outbreak of the H1N1 flu killed 17 people in Venezuela and infected another 250, according to local authorities. Rough Cut (no reporter narration) ( Transcript )