Argentina says 7 new swine
flu deaths; total 17

Argentine officials say seven more people have died of swine flu and public hospitals will delay some surgeries to focus on respiratory illnesses during the South American winter.

The Health Ministry says Argentina's swine flu death toll is now 17, more than any other nation in South America.

All the deaths have been in Buenos Aires or its outskirts.

City health chief Nestor Perez Balino tells Todo Noticias channel officials will postpone non-emergency operations to free up hospital beds.

But he says doctors are more concerned with bronchitis and the regular seasonal flu than the H1N1 strain.

The Health Ministry also confirmed 74 new nonfatal swine flu cases Tuesday, raising the total sickened to 1,294.

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