WHO raises global confirmed cases of swine flu to 985

The World Health Organization has raised its tally of confirmed human cases of swine flu to 985 from 787. There have been 26 confirmed deaths. The global body says 20 countries have now reported laboratory confirmed cases: Mexico has reported 590 cases and 25 deaths, the United States has 226 cases and 1 death, Canada has 85 cases and Spain has 40 and Britain has 15. According to the latest WHO figures Monday, Germany has eight cases, New Zealand has four, Israel has three and France and El Salvador have two each. Austria, Costa Rica, Colombia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, South Korea and Switzerland have a case each. WHO figures are often behind those reported by national health authorities.