One person has died and a total of 46 people have been infected with the AH1N1 swine flu virus in Peru this year, a Health Ministry official said.

"At this time, we do not have an increase in AH1N1 cases" even though a man died at a hospital in Callao province, outside Lima, from the disease, Health Ministry director of epidemiology Martin Yagui said in a press conference on Saturday.

The man, who suffered from diabetes, asthma and cirrhosis, was considered to be in a high-risk group and died on July 9, Yagui said.

Peru has registered swine flu cases every year since 2009, when the disease first appeared in the South American country, Yagui said.

"There were 141 cases last year, 135 in 2011 and 46 so far this year. The majority (of the cases) were reported in Lima," Yagui said.

People in high-risk groups, including adults over the age of 60 and children younger than 5, should be vaccinated "against AH1N1 influenza ... because it could mean the difference between life and death," the health official said. 

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