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New swine flu cases confirmed in Lexington and Louisville

Fayette County and Jefferson County each confirmed a new case of swine flu Tuesday, raising the state total to 15 confirmed cases.

Neither of the new patients — a man in Lexington and a woman in Louisville — has been hospitalized, health officials said. Both cases were confirmed Tuesday by tests at the state laboratory in Frankfort.

Dr. William Hacker, Kentucky's commissioner of public health, said authorities are concerned about the spread of H1N1 swine flu and are continuing to monitor the situation.

The new Lexington patient went to his physician after becoming ill last week and has received anti-viral drugs since Friday, said Kevin Hall, a spokesman for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Hall said the health department has notified people who might have been in close contact with the man, and they might receive drugs, if necessary. Hall said the man's job would not bring him into contact with the public.

Hacker said the state health department is still urging Kentuckians to use good hygiene to avoid spreading the flu, including regular hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if they feel sick. They also should be alert for flu symptoms, including coughs, fever, body aches or vomiting, officials said.

You can get a complete county by county listing of Kentucky flu cases at http://healthalerts.ky.gov

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