Reports of swine flu climb in Santa Clara County

Fourteen additional probable cases reported, bringing total to 14 probable and 31 confirmed

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department on Thursday reported 14 additional probable cases of swine flu, now referred to as the H1N1 virus, a department spokeswoman said.

Santa Clara County now has 14 confirmed cases and 31 probable cases of the virus, according to department spokeswoman Joy Alexiou.

The cases reported today were identified from a backlog of specimens submitted to the department's laboratory since the beginning of May and none of them are believed to be serious, Alexiou said.

Three people were hospitalized in the county because of the H1N1 virus, but all three have recovered or are recovering at home, according to Alexiou.

None of the patients had particularly severe symptoms, but the hospitalizations came for people with underlying conditions that were brought in as a precaution, she said.

Alexiou said she did not know how many more specimens have yet to be tested by the lab, and encouraged residents to continue healthy habits like washing their hands often.

Additional information about the H1N1 flu virus can be found at,, or by calling the California Department of Public Health's toll-free hotline at (888) 865-0564.


Posted by Concerned reader, a resident of North Whisman
on May 22, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Interesting - but which is it? Your title says 14 probably and 31 confirmed but the article says 14 confirmed and 31 probable. Big difference on such a hot button topic these days .... ? And it would be relevant to say how much of the backlog has been tested? Is this the result of 25% of the backlog or 95%?

details, details, details ....

Posted by David, a resident of Monta Loma
on May 23, 2009 at 11:55 am

Please check The California Department of Public Health. The press and local authorities have been all over the map on the numbers.

Santa Clara 14 confirmed, 21 probable.

If this "crisis" has shown one thing, it is how sloppy both the press and health officials around the county have been with getting accurate information to the public.

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