Spain reports seven new swine flu cases at school

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As more soldiers are diagnosed with swine flu, the defence ministry is looking into why school children were allowed to visit the military engineering academy last week.

Madrid – Spain reported Sunday seven new confirmed cases of swine flu at a military school near Madrid, bringing the total to 18, while 81 other soldiers are suspected of having contracted the disease.

The defence ministry on Saturday opened an investigation into the cause of the outbreak, and into why school children were allowed to visit the military engineering academy at Hoyo de Manzanares last week when cases of swine flu were already suspected there.

More than 500 students at the academy are confined to barracks over the outbreak.

The health ministry said Sunday that the number of confirmed cases at the school rose to 18 from 11 on Saturday. The number of suspected cases reached 81 from 61.

It said none of the persons diagnosed with the A(H1N1) virus have been hospitalised and all showed only mild symptoms.

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

The health ministry said there were 126 confirmed cases of the disease in Spain as of Friday, last time it issued such figures. The World Health Organisation put the number at 133 Sunday.

More than 12,000 swine flu infections have been confirmed across 43 countries since the virus emerged in the Americas in April, according to the most recent World Health Organisation statistics.

AFP / Expatica

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