ATLANTA (AP) – Health officials say their count of U.S. swine flu deaths has risen to 353 and swine-flu associated hospitalizations have grown to more than 5,500.

The cumulative number of deaths rose from the 302 reported last Friday. Last week, health officials said there have been about 44,000 lab-confirmed illnesses but the government would stop providing such counts. Officials believe more than 1 million Americans have had the infection, but many cases go unreported.

Swine flu has continued to spread, but the number of states with widespread activity has been dropping. Now there are four – California, Hawaii, Maine and New Jersey.

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