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Fifth H1N1 case confirmed

A fifth case of swine flu has been confirmed in Switzerland, the medical authorities in canton Vaud said on Thursday.

This content was published on May 28, 2009 - 18:52

The 35-year-old woman was diagnosed with the disease after returning to Switzerland from the United States. It is the first reported case in canton Vaud.

The woman checked in to Lausanne university with flu-like symptoms. She has been in isolation since Wednesday. Several family members with whom she lived have been placed in quarantine.

One family member, who returned on the same flight, is also showing symptoms.

All confirmed cases in Switzerland had recently been to Mexico or the US.

There are currently more than 13,000 cases of the H1N1 flu worldwide, including 95 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

The Federal Health Office said the rise in the number of cases and regions affected increases the risk of more people coming down with the disease in Switzerland. It said ten cases are under investigation.

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