Madrid – Eleven new cases of swine flu have been diagnosed at a Spanish military school, bringing the country’s total to 126, health authorities have said.

The discovery of the virus at the school, about 20 miles (30km) outside Madrid, prompted a further 57 soldiers to be put under observation.

The latest confirmed cases were said to be mild, with nine people in hospital.

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In Spain, Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa de la Vega said: “There is no reason for alarm.

Authorities were investigating how the virus could have been picked up by the soldiers.

Of the national total, all but 31 involved people who had been to Mexico recently.

The Heath Ministry said schoolchildren visited the military academy this week, even after suspicion of an outbreak had emerged.

Spain has the highest number of infections in Europe.

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