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State Officials: Swine Flu Now Treated Like Regular Seasonal Flu

Thursday, May 07, 2009

New York State Health commissioner Doctor Richard Daines says the swine flu outbreak is winding down. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The Health Commissioner says no new cases of the swine flu virus have been confirmed in the past two days, though testing continues. He says the count remains at 97 confirmed cases: 80 in New York City and 17 upstate and on Long Island. He says so far no one in New York has been seriously ill with the virus.

The outbreak of H1N1 in New York State continues to involve mild to moderate symptoms similar to ordinary seasonal flu. For that reason, Daines says, state health officials will now be treating the swine flu just like the regular seasonal flu. The daily briefings to the media will end, and schools closed due to confirmed cases will reopen. And in the future, Daines says, a single confirmed case of swine flu will not force entire schools to shut down. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.

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