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New swine flu case in Imperial County

April 25, 2009 |  4:14 pm

A seventh case of swine flu was confirmed in California this afternoon, according to the state Department of Public Health.

A 35-year old Imperial County woman was hospitalized after coming down with flu-like symptoms on April 4, state health officials said. She recovered and has been released. She was only the second case in the state that required hospitalization.

“As a state, we have broadened our surveillance,” said Al Lundeen, a spokesman with the Department of Public Health. “Our department is asking all counties to take samples from cases that show flu-like symptoms.”

Earlier in the day, two new cases of swine flu were confirmed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. New York officials said eight students at a Queens high school probably have the swine flu, the Associated Press reported. Previously, four cases had been identified in San Diego County, two in Imperial County and two in Guadalupe County, Texas.

An outbreak of swine flu that may have killed as many as 68 people and sickened more than 1,000 across Mexico has prompted authorities there to close schools and order other emergency health measures in an attempt to contain the disease.

Locally, health officials are urging doctors to report flu cases to authorities for investigation, and residents are being asked to be careful, lest they possibly spread the illness.

-- Jason Felch