Death toll at 113 as H1N1 flu spreads to Venezuela, Paraguay

CARACAS: Venezuela and Paraguay reported their first cases of the H1N1 flu on Thursday, as the number of A(H1N1) infections rose across South America, including in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.

Experts have said they expect the number of cases to increase in South America as the region enters the fall and winter seasons.

Mexico, where the H1N1 flu death toll reached 95 on Thursday, remains the epicenter of the outbreak. The number of cases there is currently at 4,879, the health ministry said.

The United States has 15 H1N1 flu deaths, Canada two and Costa Rica one, but no fatalities have been reported in the southern hemisphere.