Swine flu reported in Glenwood
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County has been added to the list of counties in Colorado with confirmed cases of swine flu, with reports that a Glenwood Springs High School student has tested positive for the disease.
The CDPHE website, which provides updates to the state’s ongoing swine flu testing program on a daily basis, listed one case in Garfield County. Another case was reported in Eagle County on May 4, bringing the Western Slope’s tally of cases to two so far.
The Garfield County Public Health agency reported that the student involved was not hospitalized and is recovering, and there are no plans for closing any area schools.
So far, the state has a total of 19 cases in nine counties, 15 of which have resulted in hospitalization. Of those cases, 12 have been men and seven have been women.
According to a table published by the CDPHE, 10 of the state’s cases have involved individuals between the ages of 18 and 39, six are aged 5-17 and two are between 40 and 59. None have been over 60 years old.
Nationally, officials are downplaying the severity of the swine flu epidemic, and have advised against such measures as school closures.
Two victims have died of the disease so far, both in Texas. The first was a Mexican infant visiting relatives in the state, and the second, reported on May 4, was a woman in her 30s living in a Texas town near the Mexican border.
National health officials have noted that this flu virus is increasingly similar to, and perhaps less virulent than the annual influenza viruses that kill an average of 36,000 people in the U.S. every year.