April 30 Cold Spring, Minnesota [Rocori Middle School] (US) 1 case confirmed

source | Minnesota health officials announced this morning that a Cold Spring resident suffering a mild case of flu has become the first Minnesotan with a confirmed case of swine flu. According to the state Health Department, testing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that the illness of a Minnesota resident was caused by the "H1N1 novel influenza virus" that has quickly become a worldwide pandemic. Two schools in the central Minnesota town of Cold Spring remained closed today because the unidentified patient has ties to one of the schools. The Cold Spring patient had ties to Rocori Middle School, prompting officials to close it, a neighboring Catholic school and an adjacent senior citizens center. They did so as they stepped up efforts to limit the spread of a virus that is rapidly sweeping the globe.

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