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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Now 3,009 cases of new flu in U.S., CDC says

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United States now has 3,009 confirmed cases of the new H1N1 influenza across 45 states and Washington, D.C., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday.

The outbreak of swine flu has been mostly mild in the United States, with three deaths, the CDC said in a statement.

On Monday, the CDC reported 2,600 cases but said many states had not yet reported cases from the weekend and the number on Tuesday would likely jump.

CDC officials have said the virus is widespread across the country and testing is greatly underestimating the true number of cases.

The World Health Organization has confirmed 5,251 people have been infected in 30 countries, with 61 deaths, most in Mexico but one in Costa Rica, three in the United States and one in Canada.

(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen, editing by Alan Elsner)

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