Key developments on swine flu outbreaks, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and government officials:

Deaths: Global total of 73 — 66 in Mexico; five in U.S.; one in Canada and one in Costa Rica. Officials said the Canadian, U.S. and Costa Rican victims also had other medical conditions.

Confirmed cases: WHO says 34 countries have reported a total of 7,520 cases, mostly in the U.S. and Mexico. That total does not include Ecuador, Malaysia and Peru, which recently reported their first cases.

The CDC says 47 U.S. states, including the District of Columbia, have a combined 4,714 confirmed and probable cases. Most probable cases end up being confirmed.

U.S. health officials are seeing a surprisingly high number of cases of ordinary, seasonal flu at a time when the flu season typically peters out.


Twenty-eight people in Australia are awaiting test results for swine flu, Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon says.

“We do currently have a number of people, including a family, who have tested positive to influenza A,” Ms Roxon told reporters in Melbourne on Saturday.


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