The number of swine flu deaths in South Africa has risen to 27, and confirmed infections to 5 841, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said on Tuesday.
"There is also ongoing and widespread community transmission," it said in a statement.
Of the 27 fatal cases, 12 were pregnant women, five of whom had no identified underlying conditions.
The institute repeated its standard warning that people with depressed immunity, asthma, diabetes, or chronic lung, kidney and heart problems, or who were pregnant should seek early treatment with antivirals. (Sapa, September 2009)