N.J. reports more Swine Flu cases

    More cases of swine flu are being reported in New Jersey. The state has now confirmed 58 cases of H-1-N-1 influenza, with seven other probable cases not yet confirmed.

    By Phil Gregory

    More cases of swine flu are being reported in New Jersey. The state has now confirmed 58 cases of H1N1 influenza, with seven other probable cases not yet confirmed. Health officials still have many unanswered questions about the illness.

    Susan Walsh, deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services says it’s not known when the worst of the outbreak will be over.

    Walsh: We are going to just keep watching and hopefully, we’re going to go through the usual flu season and we’re going to be okay. But until that actually happens I don’t think anybody is going to be making predictions.

    It’s uncertain whether the flu virus might mutate to become more severe.

    Officials aren’t sure whether the spread of the illness will decrease when students get out of school for the summer, considering that people will still gather on beaches, boardwalks and play-grounds. The advice from health officials: if you’re sick, stay home.

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