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Health officials say 14 confirmed cases of swine flu in California

April 29, 2009 |  2:21 pm

Health officials said today that there are now 14 confirmed cases of swine flu and another 17 probable cases in California.

Officials said some of those who contracted the flu had recently traveled to Mexico, but others had no known risk factors.

Gil Chavez, deputy director of the state's Center for Infectious Disease, part of the California Department of Health, said a few are children who go to the same school, but most have no other known connection.

He said some schools have been temporarily closed and that the state is issuing guidelines for local officials on mitigating the spread of the flu.

Chavez said the state has a backup cache of antiviral medications and that there is no shortage at this time. Testing is being coordinated with the Centers for Disease Control.

The state has been running drills and has prepared for a possible outbreak for five years, he said. Here is a breakdown of the latest cases:

Statewide: 14 confirmed cases

San Diego County - 7
Sacramento County - 1
San Bernardino County - 1
Imperial County - 5

17 probable cases

San Diego County - 1
Marin County - 2
Sacramento County - 3
Los Angeles County - 2
Tulare county - 1
Riverside County - 4
San Joaquin Couny - 1
Santa Clara County - 3

-- Michael Rothfeld

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