Victoria has recorded a sharp rise in the number of confirmed swine flu cases, with 138 Victorians now diagnosed with the virus.

The number of confirmed swine flu cases in Australia has risen to more than 200 and Tasmania has confirmed the state’s first case.

Victorian Premier John Brumby says quarantine measures are working, but Queensland’s chief medical officer says Victoria’s health authorities have lost control of the situation.

The 39 new confirmed cases come just hours after Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon warned Australians to expect the total number of infected people to climb.

Addressing a media conference earlier today, Ms Roxon announced the total number of cases was 167, but it could now be over 200.

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