June 22, 2018
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Confirmed swine flu cases in Maine reach 21

By and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Maine health officials say H1N1 “swine” flu is still active in the state, with several new and probable cases reported this week.

The number of confirmed or probable cases was 21 as of Wednesday. Officials say four of those people were visiting Maine at the time they were tested.

Four cases have been identified in the Brunswick area this week, including three youths.

Three individuals have been hospitalized with swine flu since the outbreak began in April.

The average age of Mainers sickened with swine flu is 27. Their ages range from 3 to 60 years old.

The public health laboratory at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is now able to use its own testing to confirm the H1N1 flu, eliminating the need to have specimens sent to a federal lab for confirmation. The Maine CDC says the state lab has performed more than 1,700 influenza tests in the past month.

New Hampshire has 53 confirmed cases, primarily in children and young adults. Massachusetts has about 700 confirmed cases, mostly in the Boston area.

Nationally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 10,053 confirmed and probable cases of swine flu spread among all 50 states. Seventeen U.S. deaths are associated with the outbreak.

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