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Rell: Two Suspected Swine Flu Cases at Fairfield University

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that the state Department of Health has identified two students at Fairfield University as probable for swine flu. 

Rell advised municipal officials and school superintendents of the test results in a conference call this morning. The governor also announced during the conference call that two cases in East Haddam came back negative for swine flu.

With the Fairfield suspected case, this brings the total number of probable cases in Connecticut to five.  All of the individuals are recovering and did not require hospitalization.

Testing done at the DPH Laboratory on samples from two students at Fairfield University determined that the Influenza A virus isolated is non-subtypeable, which means that these cases are not regular seasonal influenza viruses.  Neither one of the cases reported recent travel.

The samples from the Fairfield University students have been submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to confirm to if they are positive for swine flu, Rell said. 

DPH is still awaiting results from the CDC to confirm if the three probable cases announced previously are swine flu.  No confirmed cases have been identified in Connecticut.

The two students in East Haddam who tested negative for swine flu had recently returned from travel in Mexico. East Haddam schools, which had been closed as a precaution, will reopen on Friday.

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