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Jun 24, 2009 1:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

103 cases of swine flu in Suffolk

Jun 24, 2009 1:44 PM

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services says that there have now been 103 confirmed cases of the H1N1 influenza virus, commonly referred to as swine flu, countywide since April 26.

Two patients, both in Brookhaven Town, have died after coming down with the virus, though both were previously suffering from acute medical conditions.

Just three cases of the pandemic new flu strain have been confirmed on the East End—one each in Riverhead, Hampton Bays and East Hampton. But that number is deceiving: There have been numerous flu cases in the area, and many local doctors are simply not seeking to confirm H1N1 since the federal Centers for Disease Control announced that an estimated 90 percent of flu cases nationwide are now associated with the H1N1 virus.

Two students in the Sag Harbor School District were diagnosed with the H1N1 flu earlier this month.

County health department director Dr. Humayun J. Chaudhry said this week that most of the known cases of H1N1 flu have been mild, more so even than those who suffered the seasonal flu strain this past winter and spring.

The county held a special briefing on the virus and prevention of its spread for summer camp operators last week. The general population is advised to stay home for seven days after flu symptoms start.

There have been 21,449 cases of swine flu in the United States and 87 deaths associated with the virus, including 24 in New York State.

Michael Wright

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In case anyone is interested the statistics have changed a bit --even 2 days ago...I t might be sugested to check out the CDC website.
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 30, 09 5:55 AM
I was a Pediatrician's Office in Southampton on Dec 1st..they are getting 20 cases a DAY.....no panic.......??
By STARHAMPTON (18), HAMPTON BAYS on Dec 3, 09 11:04 PM