New Delhi: India has confirmed four new cases of swine flu, including the first in the popular tourist resort of Goa, bringing the country’s total to 15, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Three of the patients arrived recently from the United States and the other from Britain, the ministry said.

A 41-year-old male who arrived in Goa from London last week reported to health authorities two days later with a fever and was found to have contracted the virus, it said in a statement. Authorities said they are tracking down passengers who were in close contact with those who tested positive for the disease.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization officially declared a swine flu pandemic, the first global flu epidemic in 41 years. A day earlier it said 74 countries had reported more than 27,700 cases of swine flu, including 141 deaths.

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