Four more swine flu cases probable |

Four more swine flu cases probable

By Patrick Parkinson Of the Record staff

Four more probable cases of swine flu were announced Sunday in the Park City area, bringing the probable cases to 10, health department officials said.

There is one confirmed case of the H1N1 virus in Summit County and health officials expect more, according to Utah Department of Health Executive Director David Sundwall.

In Utah, the newly discovered influenza strain, which has killed several people in Mexico, has affected mostly school-aged children in the Park City area.

But nobody in the state has been seriously sickened by the swine flu, Sundwall stressed.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing the probable samples, which have mostly been confirmed as positive, Sundwall said.

"Ninety-nine percent have proven to be positive," Sundwall said. "So these close unknowns are kind of a proxy for a positive test."

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No sick people in Summit County suspected of having the swine flu have needed to be hospitalized, he said.

Tips from the CDC to avoid contracting swine flu include:

1. Avoid close contact with others

2. Stay home when you are sick

3. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

4. Wash your hands

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

6. Practice good health habits: get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress and maintain a nutritious diet