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Swine Flu Spreads to India, Turkey


India and Turkey confirmed their first cases of the H1N1 swine flu Saturday, saying in each case the patients had come from the United States.

The Indian Health Ministry says it found the virus in an Indian man who traveled to the country from New York. Officials said he arrived in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Wednesday and was immediately quarantined.

The ministry says the man changed planes in Dubai and that passengers on both flights were being notified.

Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag said Saturday officials identified the virus in an Iraqi-American man who stopped at the airport in Istanbul on his way to Iraq. Turkish media say the man's wife has also tested positive.

About 160 passengers on the man's flight are also being monitored.

The World Health Organization says the H1N1 swine flu has now infected some 8,400 people in 36 countries, killing more than 70.

The WHO says most of the deadly cases have been in Mexico.

In the U.S., the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are more than 4,710 confirmed and probable cases of the virus in nearly every state.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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