Swine flu reaches U.S.
At least 20 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the United States, according to an article by the Associated Press.
About a dozen students at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, N.Y., have been diagnosed with the strain after spending spring break in Cancun. The outbreak has caused officials to close schools in New York, Texas and California. Ohio and Kansas have also reported confirmed cases of swine flu, according the Associated Press.
The strain, which killed at least 80 people in Mexico so far, has not spread to Minnesota yet, according to a state health official speaking to the Star Tribune.
The official said they will continue to examine patients showing flu-like symptoms, and they expect to find some cases.
“We don't want people to panic," Dr. Ruth Lynfield, Minnesota state epidemiologist, said at a news conference in St. Paul. "This has not been severe here."