Swine Flu - El Paso County: 7 confirmed, Dona Ana County: 2 Probable
POSTED: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 7:24am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:23pm
El Paso - - - According to the Texas Department of State Health Services website there are 7 confirmed cases of swine flu in El Paso County.
The city had previously reported 22 suspected cases of swine flu in El Paso County. The first cases were reported last week.
Health leaders say all infected patients are recovering and that their flu appears to be mild.
This follows news of the first confirmed death from swine flu in the U.S. A child in South Texas is the first resident of the state of Texas to die because of swine flu. The 22-month-old that died in Houston, Texas last week was a resident of Mexico but died in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated today that most swine flu cases have been mild. The agency says it's now safe for students to go back to school. More than 800 Texas schools closed due to swine flu, idling nearly a half million students.
Dona Ana County - - - The New Mexico Health Department reports there are two probable cases of swine flu in Dona Ana County.
The two patients are a baby girl and a 14 year old girl.
Due to new guidelines issued by the government, health experts are not recommending any school closures at this time. They are instead, recommending that closed schools in New Mexico reopen.