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Caribbean Swine Flu Cases Continue To Rise

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. July 2, 2009: The number of reported cases of swine flu across the Caribbean has now passed the 300 mark.

The World Health Organization put the number of reported cases at 301 as of July 1, 2009. The Dominican Republic leads the way with 108 cases while Trinidad and Tobago in the English-speaking Caribbean follows with 53 cases.

Cuba`s total has jumped to 46 while Jamaican authorities say their last count was 32.  Suriname is reporting 11 cases while Barbados` total has jumped to 10.

Cayman Islands authorities say they now have 13 cases while the Bahamas is reporting six. Curacao and St. Martin have both reported seven cases each while Martinique has two. St. Lucia this week reported its first case. Bermuda, the BVI and Dominica have stayed constant with one reported case each.

To date, neither Guyana, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Grenadines nor Haiti have reported any cases of swine flu. Globally, there are 77,201 reported cases of the H1N1 virus and 332 deaths. The U.S. continues to lead with 27,717 cases.