A/H1N1 continues to affect Brazil

The People's Daily Online reports that the A/H1N1 flu continues to affect Brazil.

Brazilian Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao said May 7 that 50 people have died and 361 others have been hospitalized with the disease since April 3.

Most of those who died -- 76 percent of them -- were women, the website reports. Of those women who died, 32 percent were pregnant at the time, The People's Daily Online quotes Temporao as saying.

Reports from the South American country's health minister say that about 47.5 million people have received vaccinations for A/H1N1. That is only 81 percent of the government's goal, according to The People's Daily Online. The flu began spreading a year ago and has been linked to 2,051 deaths in 2009. Brazilian officials are targeting people between the ages of 30 and 39 for the next phase of the vaccination effort and say that nearly 30 million people in the country still need to be vaccinated.

The A/H1N1 virus is a respiratory disease that is contagious and spreads as a seasonal influenza virus does. Symptoms of the A/H1N1 flu are similar to seasonal flu -- including fever, coughing, headaches and chills -- but can also include vomiting and diarrhea.