Maine’s Swine Flu Cases On the Decline



AUGUSTA — While the number of cases of swine flu nationally and internationally is increasing, the number of Maine residents with swine flu is diminishing and now stands at eight, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The confirmed cases in Maine include three adults and one youth in York County; two adults and two youths in Cumberland County, and one youth in Penobscot County, according to an online report by the Maine CDC.

All of the residents were recovering or have recovered, the Maine CDC reported.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that in two of the five probable cases that were ruled out, the residents had seasonal flu.

“Both cases were an uncommon type of seasonal influenza for testing purposes,” the Maine CDC stated. “The Maine CDC public health laboratory has received new equipment and will soon have the ability to do confirmatory H1N1 testing, eliminating the need to submit specimens to the U.S. CDC and speeding the testing process.”

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