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Published June 10, 2009, 08:08 AM

N.D. swine flu cases number 17

Fourteen others are considered probable. Nine of the confirmed cases are females and eight are males.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK

The number of confirmed swine flu cases in North Dakota has increased though no one is reported hospitalized.

The state Health Department says 17 cases have been confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of Tuesday. Fourteen others are considered probable.

Nine of the confirmed cases are females and eight are males.

Health officials say nine of the confirmed cases are in Ward County, four in Burleigh County and one each in Cass, McLean, Morton and Renville counties.

The World Health Organization says a spike in swine flu cases in Australia may push it to finally announce the first flu pandemic in 41 years. The number of cases in Australia has jumped to more than 1,000.

WHO said the virus has infected 26,563 people in 73 countries and caused 140 deaths.

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