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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Swine flu rapidly spreading in Asia

Sat, 09 May 2009 - PressTV

While officials believed that Asia had survived swine flu outbreak, the growing number of cases across the continent has raised concern.

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on Saturday confirmed the country's first three swine flu cases, adding that all three had recently returned from Canada.

Japanese authorities, who have been screening travelers for flu symptoms over the past month, are now tracking passengers on the same flight as the three individuals diagnosed with the new flu.

The first confirmed swine flu case was also reported on Saturday in Australia. The patient is said to be the victim of a weak strain of the virus.

New Zealand, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region infected with the virus, also reported two more cases on Saturday, increasing its confirmed cases to seven.

The seventh H1N1 case was also reported in Israel; the patient however was reported to be recovering from the disease.

Despite the increasing number of swine flu cases, WHO officials have not increased the global pandemic alert level, indicating that the disease is not rapidly spreading outside North America.

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