'Probable' swine flu case in sixth state
WASHINGTON (AFP) – US public health officials were Monday closely tracking a "probable" swine flu case in the state of Michigan, which would bring the total number of states affected to six.
"We are monitoring the probable case here in Michigan and we are informing all doctors on what to look for when they treat sick patients," Doctor Greg Holzman, chief medical executive for the state's department of community health said in a statement.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were reviewing state laboratory results to confirm whether a 34-year-old woman was in fact infected with the dangerous disease.
"The woman, who recently traveled to the Texas and Mexican border, experienced flu-like symptoms and is recovering at home. The woman's doctor has instructed her to stay home until further notice," the statement said.
"This probable case is not a cause for alarm but we do want people to be cautious," said Holzman.
"It is important that people cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze and it's important to wash your hands frequently to help prevent the spreading of germs. If people are sick, they need to stay home from work and school," he said.
After Mexico, the United States has so far recorded the highest number of cases, with 20 confirmed swine flu patients in five states -- eight in New York, seven in California, two in Texas, two in Kansas and one in Ohio.
Most of the US victims have recovered fully after experiencing only mild symptoms.
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