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Big rise in swine flu as 47 new cases confirmed

By Steve Nowottny

The number of confirmed cases of swine flu in the UK has jumped to 184, with 47 new cases confirmed today.

The Health Protection Agency reported 44 new cases in the West Midlands region - 41 children and three adults - linked to a previously confirmed case and the ongoing investigation of a school outbreak.

The remaining three new cases are two adults and one child from the East of England and London - two are returning travellers and the other is linked to a previously confirmed case. 113 potential new cases remain under laboratory investigation.

Meanwhile the latest figures from the World Health Organisation show that globally there have now been 12,954 confirmed cases across 46 countries.

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