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Illinois On Watch for Swine Flu Cases

Illinois public health officials say swine flu has yet to show up in the state, but it will eventually.

Doctor Damon Arnold, the state's public health director, says his agency is closely monitoring the situation....

"The department and its public health partners including local health departments, hospitals and emergency departments are on full alert to watch for possible cases," Arnold said. "We are prepared to act swiftly to assure early detection and warning and to respond in the event of a case or cases are identified to limit its spread within the state."

The swine flu has proven deadly in Mexico... but the cases in the U-S have so far been milder. Arnold says the state has been planning for a pandemic event over the past few years, and says a 2006 training exercise focused on what the state would do if a similar flu outbreak occurred. He says the public should go about normal routines, but those who are feeling ill should stay home.

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