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Japan reports sixth infant death after vaccination

Japan’s health ministry on Thursday reported the death of a sixth infant who recently received vaccinations made by Pfizer or Sanofi-Aventis that have been suspended since last week.

The ministry said the unidentified boy, aged between six months and one year, died seven days after receiving Sanofi Pasteur’s ActHIB in combination with a DPT shot for diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus on February 15.

The latest case followed the ministry’s earlier reports that five infants under three years old had died since early February after receiving the vaccinations alone or in combination with other drugs.

At least three of the six infants suffered from known pre-existing heart conditions and other illnesses.

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