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Published June 02, 2009, 08:50 PM

Wisconsin tops for H1N1 cases

State health officials say Wisconsin now tops the nation in the number of probable and confirmed cases of swine flu. Medical experts also say the virus could re-emerge here this fall, when the weather turns cooler and less humid.

By: By Chuck Quirmbach/Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram

State health officials say Wisconsin now tops the nation in the number of probable and confirmed cases of swine flu. Medical experts also say the virus could re-emerge here this fall, when the weather turns cooler and less humid.

State health officer Seth Foldy gave an update on the H1N1 virus during a speech to the Milwaukee Press Club Monday. He says with about 1,600 cases, Wisconsin now ranks first in probable and confirmed cases of swine flu. He says the reason continues to be all the testing by public health labs in Madison and Milwaukee, as well as tests by private labs. Foldy says the flu may begin to decline in the northern hemisphere this summer for various reasons, but now it’s critical to monitor cases of flu in the southern hemisphere.

Foldy also praises the way the state has handled the swine flu outbreak, but adds information did not reach everyone.

The Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin did outreach in some minority neighborhoods in Milwaukee. But spokesperson Clarene Anderson says the state and volunteers would need to do more if there’s another outbreak. She adds the budget pinches that the state and local governments are feeling should not be used as an excuse. It’s possible that if or before swine flu comes back in high numbers, there may be a vaccine that people can take.

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