11 more H1N1 cases confirmed in La.

Louisiana’s health department reports 11 more cases of the H1N1 virus — or swine flu — have been confirmed in the state. That brought to 20 the total number of swine flu cases in Louisiana confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control. There also were 29 “probable” cases in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says everyone with a confirmed or suspected case had recovered or was recovering at home. None were considered at high risk of complications. Of the 11 newly confirmed cases, there were seven from Lafayette Parish, three from Lafourche Parish and one from St. Landry Parish.

“CDC and DHH recommend testing and treatment be prioritized for patients whose symptoms indicate the need for hospitalization or for hospitalized patients with influenza-like illness, including those at high risk for complications from the flu,” the DHH says.

Those at “high risk” from the flu are children under five years old, adults 65 years of age and older, pregnant women and people with existing respiratory, pulmonary and certain other conditions.

As of today, Lafayette Parish had 14 confirmed case and 16 probable cases; Lafourche, three confirmed cases; Ascension, one confirmed and one probable case; Orleans, one confirmed and one probable; St. Landry, one confirmed and one probable. Other parishes with probable cases were Plaquemines, three; St. Charles, two; Livingston, Beauregard, Iberia, Jefferson and Vermilion with one each.

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