Approximatly 55,000 confimed case of swine flu worldwide

89 new cases were confirmed in the West Midlands yesterday taking the regions total to 1,243, more than anywhere else in the United Kingdom.

Doctors are reported to have started treating patients without testing them for swine flu first in "hotspots" across the UK.

There are now 3,254 confirmed cases of the virus, which is a new H1N1 strain, closely related to the strain that caused the 1918 pandemic. The virus is now a wholly human disease despite the possibility that it first originated in pigs.

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written by Jo Richardson, on 2009-06-25 12:00.