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GRAB YOUR MASKS INDIANA HAS SWINE FLU

Posted by zeakster on April 28, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A young adult from northern Indiana has the state’s first confirmed case of swine flu, but the state health commissioner says the person is “doing well.”

Health Commissioner Judy Monroe said Tuesday the person was a young adult from northern Indiana, but released no other details.

She said the case had been confirmed in testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and that the state agency was investigating how the person might have acquired the illness.

“This young adult is doing well,” Monroe said. “No serious illness.”

She said that the ill person had not recently traveled to Mexico, where more than 150 people are believed to have died from the flu strain, and that the state agency was investigating how the person might have acquired the illness.

The state health department said Sunday that it had sent two flu specimens for tests by the CDC. The agency said the flu specimens did not match other strains that Indiana has seen this year.

Some 50 swine flu infections have been identified so far in the United States, including one in neighboring Ohio. The flu has killed more than 150 people in Mexico, but none have been reported yet in the United States.

In Chicago, the city’s Public Health Department is being deluged with reports of possible swine flu cases.

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