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Swine flu cases spike in 2 Mexican states

/ Source: The Associated Press

Mexican health officials say swine flu cases have spiked in the southern states of Yucatan and Chiapas prompting authorities to start the summer break weeks early.

The Health Department says that confirmed infections spiked by 25 percent in each state this week. In Yucatan, cases went from 683 to 913 and in Chiapas from 492 to 657.

Department spokesman Carlos Olmos says Mexico's epidemic is under control and that the infections in Yucatan and Chiapas have been mainly at schools.

Officials in Yucatan said summer break started Wednesday, three weeks ahead of schedule. In Chiapas, the break would start 10 days early on July 4.

The statement Thursday says 9,028 people have been infected with swine flu resulting in 119 deaths.