- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2011

CARACAS, VENEZUELA (AP) - Venezuelan health officials say 179 people have been diagnosed with swine flu in the country.

Health Minister Eugenia Sader says health authorities are also testing more than 200 other patients to see if they have A H1N1 swine flu.

The number of reported cases has grown since officials announced last week that 12 people had the virus and that they believed one person had died of swine flu.

Sader said at a news conference Thursday that all of those now being treated have “light cases” and that none of them are in intensive care units.

Venezuelan officials in 2009 attributed dozens of deaths to swine flu.