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Mexico ups swine flu screening as cases increase

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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's health ministry is reporting an increase in swine flu cases this year and has instituted screenings in schools where children show symptoms.

The health ministry says there is no cause for alarm, saying there is no epidemic like that three year ago.

The ministry on Sunday reported 637 confirmed cases of all flu strains so far in 2012. It said there had been 10 deaths -- nine of them among the 573 confirmed cases of the H1N1 strain of swine flu.

On Jan. 15, it reported just 181 cases and five deaths. It said there were 870 cases of all strains and 35 deaths in 2011.

Mexico experienced a major outbreak of the H1N1 strain in the spring of 2009 that shut down much of the country and caused an international scare.

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APNP-01-26-12 1647CST

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