Swine flu outbreak hits Zambia school and takes lives in Georgia, Venezuela, and Mexico - 6 Apr 2011  
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Zambia's Ministry of Health announced that the pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) or swine flu has emerged at Fatima Girls Secondary School in Ndola city, Zambia where 8 out of 10 sample tests from ill pupils were confirmed positive for the virus on April 1.

In Georgia as well, the virus has claimed another life, adding to a total of 30 people who died from swine flu this year. In Venezuela, swine flu has spread to the capital Caracas and 17 other states since the outbreak on March 17 and has infected more than 700 people as of March 31, with eight deaths so far this year.

In the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, authorities have confirmed four people who died of swine flu and six other people infected with the virus at the end of March.

The H1N1 swine flu strain has been known to originate in large-scale livestock farms whose filthy, crowded conditions breed pathogens harmful to animal and human health.

Our sympathies to those who have lost loved ones to this heart-breaking illness as we pray for an end to the suffering from this and all such related diseases as humanity transitions to the safe and compassionate vegan lifestyle.