State Continues To Monitor Swine Flu

There are reports of more cases of the swine flu, both in the U.S. and around the world.

The virus, which began in Mexico, is suspected in more than 150 deaths there. There are now 64 confirmed American cases of swine flu, a new confirmed case in student at Notre Dame in Indiana.

In Lexington, health officials are still closely monitoring the situation and taking steps to prepare for possible cases.

The Fayette County Health Department has set up a hotline for people with questions about swine flu. Since it was set up on Monday, health department officials have taken more than 80 calls.

That hotline number is 859-288-7529.

The Fayette County Health Department has also set up a clinic to look into potential cases of swine flu.

Although there are no cases in Kentucky, there are confirmed cases of swine flu in the United States: 28 at a private high school in New York City, 13 in California, six in Texas, two in Kansas, one in Ohio and one in Indiana. Health officials in Michigan said they have one suspected case, and five are suspected in New Jersey.

The government has issued an advisory warning travelers to cancel any nonessential visits to Mexico.

Federal health officials have sent 11 million doses of the drug Tamiflu to states across the country, including Kentucky and warn people that they expect to see more cases, and more severe cases, of swine flu in the U.S. in coming days.


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