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First swine flu case confirmed in Sweden

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14:04 CEST+02:00
Swedish health officials have confirmed that a woman in her 50s in the Stockholm area has contracted a mild form of the swine flu virus that has claimed at least 31 lives.

The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet, SMI) said in a statement on Tuesday that studies carried out at its virological laboratory confirmed the country's first case of the virus.

The woman recently returned from a trip to the United States. She was ill for three days with mild symptoms and quickly returned to full health without needing medical treatment.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that 31 people have died after becoming infected with the virus, 29 in Mexico and 2 in the United States.

As of May 6th there were 1,569 cases of the outbreak confirmed worldwide.

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