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Cuba`s Swine Flu Cases Grows

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 22, 2009: Cuba’s swine flu cases increased on Thursday by one, according to latest figures released by the World Health Organization.

The country now has four cases of the influenza A (H1N1). Cuba is the only Caribbean country to be afflicted to date with the disease. A 14-month-old Canadian boy has become the fourth confirmed case, the Cuban government said.

The boy developed fever and respiratory symptoms shortly after he and his parents arrived from Toronto, the Public Health Ministry said in a statement published in state-run media. It did not mention the date of their arrival.

Three Mexicans studying medicine in Cuba had previously been diagnosed with swine flu after they returned from vacation in Mexico. Cuba suspended flights from Mexico on April 28 to try to prevent the spread of the flu from Mexico.

The U.S. now leads with 5,710 reported cases and eight deaths followed by Mexico with 3,892 cases and 75 deaths. Canada has reported 719 cases and one death. Overall, there are 11,034 cases worldwide and 85 deaths, the WHO said Thursday.