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Flu season is approaching and Ohio colleges and universities are watching for outbreaks of swine flu. Several schools already report cases. Here in Central Ohio, schools say they are making contingency plans in the event of a campus-wide outbreak.
The Ohio Department of Health is encouraging Ohioans to remain viligant as it relates to the swine flu. W-O-S-U’s Kim Fox has the story.
Health officials in Franklin County say there’s been a seventh person confirmed as having swine flu.
The number of confirmed swine flu cases in Franklin County has risen to five. Health officials have confirmed that a third OSU student has the H1N1 virus.
Health officials confirm a second Ohio State University student has swine flu and a third student is a probable case of the H1N1 virus.
The state Health Department said Tuesday the new cases were in northeast Ohio’s Portage and Holmes counties. Both involved 39-year-old women.
State and local health officials continue to monitor suspected cases of swine flu in Central Ohio. The Columbus area has 2 confirmed cases and a handful of suspected and probable cases.
In Columbus, there are now two cases of confirmed swine flu, four suspected cases of swine flu, and one probable case of swine flu. While the numbers aren’t as large as many had feared, public health officials are not letting down their guard just yet.
Each year millions of people in the U.S. catch seasonal flu – 36,000 of them die from it. The World Health Organization reports more than 330 people worldwide have become infected with swine flu – at least ten people have perished. WOSU’s Mandie Trimble spoke with Ohio’s assistant epidemiologist, Mary DiOrio, to find out why health officials are so much more worried about the swine flu. Click the listen icon to hear the interview.
More than 10, 000 people were expected to show up at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this weekend to take advantage of a host of free medical services. But after reports of swine flu began circulating around the country, and a 9-year old boy from Lorain County, became the State’s first confirmed case of the disease, the Ohio Department of Health recommended that the event be called off. Ideastream health reporter Gretchen Cuda has the story.