Death toll surpasses 2,100

GENEVA - AT LEAST 2,185 people have died in the H1N1 flu pandemic since the new virus was uncovered in April, the World Health Organisation said on Friday.

The latest toll posted on the WHO's website was an increase from the 1,799 deaths posted over a week ago.

Most deaths were recorded in the Americas region, where 1,876 people have died from their influenza A(H1N1) infection.

In Asia-Pacific, 203 deaths were recorded. This was followed by Europe, with at least 85 deaths recorded.

Middle East recorded 10 deaths, while Africa posted 11 deaths.

Cameroon, Madagascar and Mozambique also recorded their first influenza A(H1N1) cases since the last update.

In all 209,438 laboratory confirmed H1N1 flu infections have been reported to the global health watchdog.

However, the WHO says that figure vastly understates the full number of infections since individual cases no longer have to be tested or reported in each country. -- AFP