Friday, May 8, 2009

U.S. Confirms Over 1,600 Swine Flu Cases

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In less than two weeks, the number of confirmed swine flu cases in the United States has increased from 20 to 1,629, including 2 deaths. More than 2,300 swine flu cases have been reported over 24 countries.

The CDC confirmed ten new cases of the swine flu in Connecticut today, bringing the total number of cases to 14 in Connecticut.

Swine flu, a strain of the H1N1 virus, is a respiratory disease of pigs and can be contracted by humans who are around pigs. The virus can also be spread from person to person. Symptoms include: high fever, body aches, coughing, sore throat and breathing difficulties. The swine flu can be spread by a handshake or sneeze. Washing hands frequently is recommended as a preventive measure.