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The World Health Organisation said there have been more than 700 deaths from swine flu since the start of the outbreak.
The figure is an increase of some 300 since the start of the month.
The global body said it doesn't know how many cases there are worldwide because it stopped asking countries to report infections last week.
Who spokeswoman Aphaluck Bhatiasevi said the Geneva-based agency is examining various measures countries can take to slow the spread of the disease.
She said that school closures could be among the recommendations but that it was up to each country to consider appropriate steps for their situations.
Influenza epidemics occur yearly during autumn and winter in temperate regions. Illnesses result in hospitalizations and deaths mainly among high-risk groups (the very young, elderly or chronically ill). Worldwide, these annual epidemics result in about three to five million cases of severe illness, and about 250 000 to 500 000 deaths. Most deaths associated with influenza in industrialized countries occur among people age 65 or older. In some tropical countries, influenza viruses circulate throughout the year with one or two peaks during rainy seasons.
Influenza can cause serious public health and economic problems. In developed countries, epidemics can result in high levels of worker absenteeism and productivity losses. In communities, clinics and hospitals can be overwhelmed when large numbers of sick people appear for treatment during peak illness periods.