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Further swine flu cases reported

Nearly 90 new cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the West Midlands.

The total number in the region now stands at 1,243 following the diagnosis of 89 further cases on Wednesday, the Health Protection Agency said.

Doctors are starting to treat patients without first testing them in swine flu "hotspots", city health officials said on Tuesday.

There are now 2,542 cases in England and 3,254 in the UK, with the highest concentration in the West Midlands.

The virus is a new version of the H1N1 strain which caused the 1918 pandemic and, although it may have originated in pigs, it is now a wholly human disease.

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