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Swine Flu Spreads to Middle East, Asia-Pacific

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The first confirmed cases of swine flu in the
Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region come as the World Health
Organization says it's no longer possible to contain it.
The virus, which began in Mexico, is suspected in more than 150
deaths there. It's spread to at least six other countries, and WHO
has raised its alert level to 4. That's two steps below pandemic
stage.
New Zealand has confirmed the virus in 11 people who recently
returned from Mexico, and a man in Israel has also been confirmed
with swine flu.
Spain today confirmed its second case.
With the virus spreading, the U.S., with 50 cases, is preparing
for the worst even as President Barack Obama tries to reassure
Americans.
It's still not possible, thus far, to determine where the
breakout started.
None of the cases outside Mexico have been fatal.


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