Spanish cases of swine flu rise to 40

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The number of confirmed swine flu cases in Spain has risen to 40, double the previous number, Madrid's health ministry announced Sunday, adding that only six victims were still being treated in hospital.

MADRID - The number of confirmed swine flu cases in Spain has risen to 40, double the previous number, Madrid's health ministry announced Sunday, adding that only six victims were still being treated in hospital.

"Thirty-four of the 40 confirmed cases have been discharged from hospital and have returned home," the ministry said, adding that the victims had responded favourably to treatment.

A total of 83 people were still in isolation amid checks on whether they had contracted the A(H1N1) flu virus.

The previous health ministry statement issued late Saturday put the number of confirmed cases at 20, with 99 suspected cases.

Spain is by far Europe's most affected country.

AFP / Expatica

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