ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The number of confirmed swine flu cases in Minnesota has jumped from two to 21.
The Minnesota Department of Health says the cases were confirmed today after officials started testing the state’s probable cases here rather than sending them to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The three newest cases of swine flu were identified in the Twin Cities area.
Health officials also say they’ve recorded the first hospitalized case of swine flu. But the child infected with the virus in that case is now home, and officials expect a full recovery.
Health officials say they expect to see more cases of what they’re calling H1N1 novel influenza in communities across the state.
On the Web:
Minnesota Health Department page on influenza outbreak: www.health.state.mn.us/news/h1n1.html.