Idaho health officials on swine flu watch - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Idaho health officials on swine flu watch

BOISE, Idaho. - The Idaho Division of Public Health has alerted medical providers statewide to monitor respiratory illnesses that might be related to swine flu.

Federal health officials said 40 confirmed cases of swine flu have been found in the U.S., but no one has died. About 1,600 swine flu infections have been reported in Mexico, where the illness is being blamed for nearly 150 deaths.

In Idaho, public health officials say four residents are being tested for swine flu after seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms in Fremont, Madison and Ada counties. No cases have been confirmed. The U.S. declared a national health emergency Sunday, a declaration that allowed Washington to ship roughly 12 million doses of flu-fighting medications to states in case they eventually need them.

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