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      Hidalgo County has 1,180 confirmed swine flu cases

      The number of swine flu cases is rising across the Rio Grande Valley.

      The latest numbers released by the Texas Department of Health on Wednesday showed 1,180 confirmed cases in Hidalgo County.

      That amount ranks highest in the state.

      Cameron County has 388 confirmed cases, Starr County has 37 confirmed cases and Willacy County has 16 confirmed H1N1 cases.

      Seven people in the valley have died from the virus.

      "When exactly the flu season starts - we can't predict, but we will have a vaccination ready by mid-October," explained Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

      Nationwide, there are 37,000 swine flu cases and 211 deaths.

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