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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Japanese Health Ministry confirms 130 swine flu cases

TOKYO, May 18 (RIA Novosti) - Japan's Health Ministry announced on Monday that a total of 130 people in the country have been infected with the A/H1N1 influenza virus, commonly known as swine flu.

Most of the infections were reported at schools in western Japan's prefectures of Hyogo and Osaka. Local authorities in Osaka have ordered schools and kindergartens to be closed until May 24.

"There are difficult cases at the advanced stage of the disease. However, if treatment comes at an early stage there is a complete recovery. I ask people to respond calmly," Prime Minister Taro Aso said.

Mexico, where 2,895 human cases have been confirmed, including 66 deaths, handed over on Monday the strain of the swine flu virus to the World Health Organization for laboratory tests.

The organization said on Sunday the global caseload of human swine flu cases had reached 8,480 in 39 countries.

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