Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Connecticut Reports Probable Swine Flu Cases

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Two adults who recently traveled to Connecticut may have contracted the swine flu virus, according to Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell.

Mexico is believed to be the epicenter of the swine flu virus and the cases identified in the United States are being tracked to those who traveled to Mexico or people who had contact with those travelers.

The possible Connecticut cases were residents of Stratford and Southbury and neither have yet been hospitalized. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are analyzing swab samples from the two people. If confirmed, Connecticut would be the sixth state to be affected by the virus.

The CDC has so far confirmed 68 cases of the swine flu in the United States.

Three others, living in East Haddam, Ct., may also have contracted the virus and the town has ordered three schools there to be closed.

The best preventive measures suggested are to wash hands frequently and avoid travel to Mexico.

Mexico has closed all restaurants in its capital city, banned large gatherings and barred entry into archaeoligical sites, including its pyramids. The swine flu is believed to have caused over 150 deaths and thousands of illnesses in Mexico. Both Argentina and Cuba have banned travel to and from Mexico.

"I fully expect we will see deaths from this infection," said the CDC's acting director Richard Besser.