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Swine Flu Confirmed in Syria


Syria has reported its first confirmed case of the swine influenza A-H1N1 virus.

Syrian health officials said Saturday the case was detected in a Syrian woman who flew to the country from Australia earlier this week. Officials say the woman is being treated.

The World Health Organization said Friday nearly 90,000 cases of swine flu have now been confirmed worldwide, including more than 380 deaths.

The WHO recently declared the first pandemic in more than 40 years because of the way the virus has spread around the globe.

On Friday, Japan and Hong Kong each identified more cases of the swine influenza A-H1N1 virus that are resistant to the key anti-viral drug Tamiflu. Denmark reported the first such case earlier this week.

The company that makes Tamiflu (Swiss drug maker Roche) says about half of one percent of all flu cases are resistant to the drug.


Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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