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PostSubject: Confirmed cases of H1N1 virus now at 787   Sun May 03, 2009 10:27 am

The number of H1N1 cases worldwide now stands at 787 with two additional deaths reported in Mexico, the World Health Organization announced early Sunday.
The number of confimed cases of the H1N1 virus continue to multiply.
Click to view previous imageThe organization said the virus, more commonly known as swine flu, has been confirmed in 17 countries.The higher number of cases is a result of ongoing tests on previously collected samples; not newly reported and confirmed infections, the WHO said.Several other countries reported additional cases that have not yet been added to the WHO tally.While the new virus strain in the recent outbreak has affected humans, Canadian officials said it has shown up at a pig farm in Alberta.Officials said the pigs may have been infected by a Canadian farmer who recently returned from a trip to Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak. The pigs have since been quarantined."We have determined that the virus H1N1, found in these pigs, is the virus which is being tracked in the human population," said Dr. Brian Evans of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.Evans and other officials said it is not uncommon for flu viruses to jump from humans to animals, and that it does not pose a risk for consuming pork. The number of pigs infected was not disclosed.
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