The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that more than 209 countries have reported confirmed A (H1N1) virus, including at least 14,142 deaths.

Since the virus first appeared in Mexico last year, the Americas have recorded the greatest number of fatalities, with at least 7,094 deaths.

At least 3,099 have died in Europe and at least 2,877 in the East Asia and Pacific region, WHO said.

In China, Hong Kong SAR, and Chinese Taipei pandemic influenza activity remains widespread but continues to decline or remain stable.

Pandemic H1N1 continues to be the predominant circulating virus in the region but seasonal H3N2 viruses continue to circulate in very small numbers in northern China, the organization said.

The Global Influenza Surveillance Network (GISN) will continue monitoring the global circulation of influenza viruses, including pandemic, seasonal and other influenza viruses.