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7 new Ky. swine flu cases

Kentucky confirmed seven cases of swine flu over the weekend, bringing the state's total of confirmed cases to 10, state health officials said Monday afternoon in a news release.

The confirmations included some cases previously listed as probable, plus some new cases, officials said.

The latest cases were confirmed by the state Public Health Laboratory in Frankfort, which has been approved to test for the swine flu virus H1N1. Previously, confirmation tests had to be done at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The latest state list shows three confirmed cases in Jefferson County, two of which had been listed as probable on Friday. The list also shows one confirmed case each in Boyle County and Boone County, neither of which had been listed before.

State officials also said cases in Kenton County and Hardin County that had been listed as probable swine flu cases have been moved to the confirmed category.

Here's the list of confirmed cases by county as of Monday afternoon: three in Jefferson and one each in Fayette, Boyle, Daviess, Warren, Hardin, Kenton and Boone.

Kentucky officials are awaiting results on one case that had been sent to the CDC. It involves a child in Montgomery County.

With the state now able to do its own testing, confirmations on swine flu cases can be completed more quickly, officials said. That will enhance surveillance to identify people with whom patients might have been in contact, the release said.

Because the state lab can do its own tests, state officials will announce confirmed flu cases from now on, the Kentucky Department for Public Health said.

Meanwhile, officials said that Kentuckians should continue good hygiene — including regular hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes — and should monitor themselves for signs of flu.

Symptoms can include high fever, chills, headache, sore throat and body aches.

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