Spain confirms 11 cases of swine flu at military school

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Eleven soldiers at a military school near Madrid have been diagnosed with swine flu but their symptoms are mild, the Spanish government said Friday.

MADRID - Eleven soldiers at a military school near Madrid have been diagnosed with swine flu but their symptoms are mild, the Spanish government said Friday.

A further 57 students at the military engineering academy at Hoyo de Manzanares are under observation due to suspicions they may have the A(H1N1) virus, including nine who are in hospital, Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa de la Vega said.

Undersecretary for Defence Maria Victoria San Jose later said another 459 soldiers who show no symptoms at all will remain confined to the barracks until at least the end of the week in case they were in contact with any of infected students.

"There is no cause for alarm. We are maintaining our guard and have activated all our tools of prevention and control," de la Vega told a news conference after a regular weekly cabinet meeting.

Authorities also quarantined an undetermined number of students at the school who had been in contact with the 11 afflicted with virus, local officials said.

Spain's health ministry said there now are 126 confirmed cases of the disease in the country, 95 of whom had recently traveled to Mexico.

Spain was the first European country to confirm a case of the virus and remains the worst-hit nation in Europe, ahead of Britain.

Mexico City is at the epicentre of the outbreak of swine flu which has spread to 42 countries over the past month, infecting more than 11,000 people and resulting in 86 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.

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