May 9th, 2009 | Uncategorized

Swine flu confirmed in New Haven County

Swine flu has finally come to New Haven County.Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced this afternoon that 11 new cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed in eight Connecticut cities, including two in New Haven County. None of the confirmed cases is a Yale affiliate, said Paul Genecin, the director of Yale University Health Services.

The swine flu cases were confirmed in Ridgefield, Danbury, Darien, Derby, Greenwich, Old Saybrook, Waterbury and Wilton. Derby is about 10 miles west of New Haven, while Waterbury is 20 miles north.

Rell said she expects the number of confirmed swine flu cases in Connecticut to increase, adding that since the state’s health laboratory is now able to test for the virus, officials will know more quickly if possible cases are in fact swine flu. Previously, officials had to send probable cases of the disease to the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for testing.

At present, four additional cases of possible swine flu are being tested at the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Of the 29 total cases of the virus — 25 confirmed and four likely — 13 are male and 16 are female.