A spokeswoman from the World Health Organization (WHO) has greatly reduced the number of actual deaths due to H1N1 flu, saying it has officially recorded only eight deaths around the world.

Vivienne Allan from WHO’s patient safety program says the organization has confirmed there have been seven deaths – all in Mexico – plus a single death of a 23-month-old boy who died in Houston, but was from Mexico City.

WHO reports 79 confirmed cases of the North American flu.

“Unfortunately, that (150-plus deaths) is incorrect information and it does happen, but that’s not information from the World Health Organization,” she told ABC Radio today.

Allan said WHO had confirmed 40 cases of H1N1 flu in the Americas, 26 in Mexico, six in Canada, three in New Zealand, two in Spain and two in Britain.