A DOZEN Spanish soldiers are believed to have contracted swine flu.

The soldiers, based in Madrid, were confined to barracks after being diagnosed with the virus, that has seen the number of victims rise to 126 in Spain.

“There is no reason for alarm. We are maintaining our guard”

The discovery of the virus at the school, 30km outside Madrid, prompted a further 57 soldiers to be put under observation.

The latest confirmed cases were said to be mild, with nine people in hospital.

The death toll globally stands at 86, with about 11,000 cases of infection.

Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa de la Vega said: “There is no reason for alarm. We are maintaining our guard”.