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Published May 15, 2009, 06:53 AM

N.D. has confirmed swine flu case

North Dakota has its first confirmed case of swine flu. The state Health Department said a suspected case in a Burleigh County woman has been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the H1N1 influenza virus, more commonly known as swine flu. North Dakota also has a probable case of the swine flu in a Ward County resident. That case has not yet been confirmed by the CDC.

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota has its first confirmed case of swine flu.

The state Health Department said a suspected case in a Burleigh County woman has been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the H1N1 influenza virus, more commonly known as swine flu.

North Dakota also has a probable case of the swine flu in a Ward County resident. That case has not yet been confirmed by the CDC.

State health officials said neither person was hospitalized, and both have been recovering at home.

Swine flu cases have topped 6,600 worldwide. State Epidemiologist Kirby Kruger said that now it has officially reached North Dakota, it’s important that state residents take such measures as staying home when sick and washing hands frequently.

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