Illinois Swine Flu Cases Emerge Wednesday, 17 Counted on Thursday


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Illinois residents and officials are waiting confirmation of up to 17 probable swine flu cases as of Thursday.

Five cases in Cook County Wednesday upped to eight on Thursday.

One case in DuPage County Wednesday.

Two cases in Kane County Wednesday upped to six on Thursday.

One case in Lake County Wednesday

One new case in McHenry County Thursday, included a 40-year-old man from the city of McHenry in McHenry County — likely contracted curing a recent trip to Mexico.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 109 cases nationwide in New York, New Jersey, Maine, Colorado, Texas, California, South Carolina, Kansas, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Arizona, Michigan and Nevada.

Including the United States and Mexico, countries affected by Swine Flu H1N1 include Britain, Canada, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, Israel, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands.

Starting today, the World Health Organization (WHO) will refer to the new influenza virus as influenza A(H1N1).