October 15, 2009

Swine flu spreads through California

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Swine flu, also know as the H1N1 virus, is picking up speed as it spreads through California.

The Los Angeles Times’ Rong-Gong Lin II reports that the proportion of patients coming into doctor’s offices with flu-like symptoms has more than doubled to 5 percent.

The state’s testing reveals that more than 95% of the flu samples received indicate swine flu, which has killed 219 Californians since spring.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the majority of people who have the virus experience only mild symptoms.  Here’s their recommendation of what to do if you think you have it.

-Kristen Young

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