Eight new swine flu cases in Spain

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Four out of the eight people down with swine flu have not travelled to Mexico, said Spanish authorities.

MADRID – Spanish authorities on Wednesday confirmed eight new cases of swine flu, including four in people who have not travelled to Mexico, bringing the total in Europe's worst affected country to 81.

All the confirmed cases are mild and the patients are responding well to treatment, the health ministry said in a statement, adding only one of the patients confirmed to have the A(H1N1) virus was in hospital.

Another 49 people are undergoing tests for suspected cases of the disease, compared to 56 reported Tuesday when five new cases were confirmed.

"We continue on alert because we have to see how the flu virus evolves and see also what happens in the remaining affected countries," Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez told reporters.

"In Spain the situation is very much under control and it is a very stable situation," she said.

Spain was the first country in Europe to confirm a case of swine flu when a 23-year-old man who had returned from Mexico, the epicentre of the outbreak of the disease, was found to have the virus.

The country has the most confirmed cases of the virus after Mexico, the United States and Canada, according to World Health Organisation figures.

AFP / Expatica

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