Health officials say Texans should be aware of Swine Flu

By Molly Reuter - bio | email

DALLAS, TX (AP) - Health officials in Dallas County say any patient with any upper respiratory ailments should be tested for Swine Flu.  There have been no confirmed cases of the new strain in the county, but two Texans are among the seven known U.S. cases and a 10-year-old boy from San Diego visited Dallas before his diagnosis.

Doctors said Friday that even people with problems from seasonal allergies should be tested. Health department spokeswoman Jacqueline Bell says frequent travel between Dallas and San Antonio is the main concern.  The two cases in Texas were from Guadalupe County, near San Antonio.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says all seven victims recovered from the flu that combines pig, bird and human viruses in a way that researchers have not seen before.

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