The Iraqi health ministry says the number of American troops in Iraq diagnosed with swine flu has climbed to 67.

The figures were released Wednesday by the health ministry during an update on preparations being taken by Iraq to control the spread of the potentially deadly virus.

The deputy health minister says the U.S. military has been giving the government weekly updates about the number of cases. The U.S. military did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Dr. Amer al-Khuzai also says 23 Iraqis and six foreigners have been diagnosed with the virus.

Iraq earlier this week reported its first swine flu fatality with the death of 21-year-old woman in the southern city of Najaf.