Spain reports two more confirmed swine flu cases

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The number of confirmed cases of swine flu in Spain has risen from 15 to 20, the health ministry said Saturday, the day after Minister Trinidad Jimenez said the situation appeared to have stabilised.

MADRID - The number of confirmed cases of swine flu in Spain has risen from 15 to 20, the health ministry said Saturday, the day after Minister Trinidad Jimenez said the situation appeared to have stabilised.

The ministry said earlier in the day the 15 people known to have contracted the A(H1N1) virus were responding well to treatment and their condition was not serious.

The five new cases were all reported in the northeastern region of Catalonia but one of the carriers of the virus has not visited Mexico, where the disease broke out and where it has killed 16 people, with a tally of infected cases above 400.

Media reports Saturday said the first patient in Spain -- and in Europe -- confirmed to have caught the disease, on Monday, had left hospital.

The 23-year-old man had returned the previous week from Mexico.

The health ministry said the number of suspected cases in Spain had fallen from 103 to 99.

Meanwhile an airline employees' union, Stavla, said Saturday that cabin crew of Spanish airline Iberia had won the right to wear masks and gloves aboard flights from Mexico.

AFP / Expatica

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