Swine Flu Only Tracked Through Sickest Patients

LAS VEGAS (AP) - LAS VEGAS (AP) - Health officials in southern evada say they'll be focusing only on the sickest patients in tracking the swine flu virus.

A Southern Nevada Health District bulletin sent to doctors and hospitals earlier this week instructs health care providers to test only hospitalized patients for the H1N1 virus.

Doctors no longer need to routinely test patients for the flu if they exhibit symptoms, nor should they submit specimens from non-hospital patients who test positive for a unique influenza A strain.

State epidemiologist Dr. Ihsan Azzam says the policy was changed ecause early testing already has confirmed the virus is irculating in the state.

He says the virus largely appears to be so mild the people tend o get over symptoms at home in a few days.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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