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WHO Update -- 24 countries

The World Health Organization has tracked 2,384 cases of swine flu in 24 countries.

WHO reports: "Mexico has reported 1,112 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 42 deaths. The United States has reported 896 laboratory confirmed human cases, including two deaths. The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (214), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (5), Germany (10), Guatemala (1), Ireland (1), Israel (6), Italy (5), Netherlands (2), New Zealand (5), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (3), Spain (81), Sweden (1), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (32)."

The WHO warned yesterday that a pandemic could touch the lives of as many as a third of the people on the planet, while simultaneously cautioning that the international health agency was making no such projection about swine flu in particular. Rather, officials said, the point is that it is wise to remain vigilant.

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 8, 2009; 9:38 AM ET
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