An outbreak of the H1N1 virus, known normally as the swine flu, has hit the Venezuelan Andean state of Merida, the country's health minister said, the state-run AVN news agency reported.
More than 100 cases of H1N1 have been recorded in Venezuela. In Merida alone there are 56 cases which have tested positive for the virus, and special safety measures have been put in place in that state.
Classes in Merida have been canceled for five days, and a ban has been placed on events at night clubs and other closed-in venues, the agency reported.
The most latest global pandemic was the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, in which the estimates of deaths ranged as high as 12,500 in the United States alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.