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UK swine flu cases third worst in the world .

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posted on Jul, 13 2009 @ 02:13 PM
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- The UK now has the third highest number of cases worldwide, after the U.S. and Mexico, according from the British government data.

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Lab tests show that there were 9,718 confirmed cases of the virus in the UK, a figure that's just behind Mexico, which had 10,262 cases as of Wednesday.

The U.S. currently has the highest number with 33,902 lab-confirmed cases, according to latest figures from the World Health Organization.

Across the world there have been 94,512 cases of swine flu since it was first reported in Mexico in April with 429 deaths, WHO figures show.

Fourteen patients are now thought to have died in the UK after contracting swine flu, the country's Health Protection Agency reported.

The number of deaths in the UK has risen dramatically since Tuesday when seven people were known to have died from the H1N1 virus. A week ago, the total was four.



GROUPS AT RISK
Patients who have had drug treatment for asthma in the past three years

Pregnant women
People aged 65 years and older
Children under five years old
People with chronic liver disease
People with chronic heart disease
People with chronic kidney disease
Source: National Health Service



Story Highlights
UK swine flu cases now third worst in the world

14 people have died from the H1N1 virus in Britain, government figures show
UK Minister warns cases could reach 100,000 a day by the end of August
WHO recently declared the virus had become global pandemic




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