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CDC Update: 1639 Confirmed Cases

The CDC reports it has documented 2500 "probable and confirmed" cases of swine flu in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Of those, 1639 are confirmed cases.

Acting CDC chief Richard Besser said that as cases increased, the CDC would pull back on its testing because there simply would not be sufficient resources to test every sample, Reuters reports.

Only 26 people have been hospitalized in the United States, suggesting the vast majority of people recover from swine flu without serious complications. More than half of those hospitalized also had an underlying health problem such as asthma that can exacerbate flu symptoms.

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 8, 2009; 5:08 PM ET
Categories:  New Cases  
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