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U.S. Now Leads World in Swine Flu Cases
Date:5/11/2009

h marks the first swine flu-linked death outside North America, according to the AP.

U.S. health officials last week said the outbreak of swine flu appears similar to the seasonal flu in its severity, so schools across the nation should remain open and any schools that did close should reopen.

On Monday, the World Health Organization was reporting 4,694 confirmed cases of swine flu in 30 countries, with Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom having the most cases outside of the United States and Mexico.

Mexico has reported 1,626 confirmed cases of infection, including 48 deaths. The United States has reported 1,639 confirmed cases, including 3 deaths. Canada has reported 284 confirmed cases, including one death, the WHO said.

Japan and Australia reported their first cases of swine flu on Saturday. And on Sunday health officials reported the first case in mainland China -- a man returning from studying at an American university.

Meanwhile in Mexico, the country continued to emerge from a virtual shutdown designed to limit infections. High schools, universities, dance halls, movie theaters and bars have reopened, and primary schools are to reopen this week, the Associated Press reported.

Reports emerged Friday that the swine flu has extended its spread in the Southern hemisphere, where flu season is just beginning. Argentina and Brazil have now confirmed their first cases of swine flu, joining Colombia as South American nations reporting infections, the news service said.

U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
(As of May 10, 2009, 11:00 AM ET)

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