Swine flu 'probables' hits 10 in South Carolina

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The official count of people likely infected with the swine flu virus has moved up from two to 10 in South Carolina, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

Read more stories on this subject in our swine flu topic page.“Samples that are untypeable and considered probable cases are being sent to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further evaluation and testing,” said Jerry Gibson, M.D., chief of DHEC’s Bureau of Disease Control. “We expect that those who are sick to voluntarily isolate themselves for a short time and those who were exposed should voluntarily quarantine themselves at home.

The people tested were students, faculty, and friends of those at the Newberry Academy who had recently returned from a trip to Mexico -- read more about that here.

The Post and Courier points out that at least one Charleston woman is fearful that she may have picked up the virus and is awaiting test results.

If you're fearful of coming down with the nasty cold, here are some tips from DHEC: Wash your hands thoroughly and often; cover your cough with your sleeve, not your hand; stay away from people who are sick; eat a healthy diet; and get plenty of rest.

We'll continue to keep you updated here and on our swine flu topic page. Also be sure to check out this Wikipedia page for more.

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