Illinois health officials have updated the state’s swine flu numbers. A case is “confirmed” when additional laboratory testing backs up initial test results. Until then, the case is called “probable.”
Illinois health officials have updated the state’s swine flu numbers. A case is "confirmed" when additional laboratory testing backs up initial test results. Until then, the case is called "probable." The state began doing its own confirmation tests on May 3, which meant quicker turnaround on results and large increases in confirmed cases. The tally, as time goes on, will show largely the most serious cases because doctors are following the state’s recommendation to test only severely ill patients. The virus has turned out to be milder than initially feared, so many mild cases may not be counted. Boone: 3 confirmed. Chicago: 249 confirmed. Cook (suburban): 157 confirmed. DeKalb: 1 confirmed. DuPage: 43 confirmed. Franklin: 1 confirmed. Kane: 26 confirmed. Kendall: 1 confirmed. Knox: 2 confirmed. Lake: 15 confirmed. McHenry: 2 confirmed. Ogle: 1 confirmed. Sangamon: 1 confirmed. Will: 36 confirmed. Winnebago: 1 probable, 6 confirmed. Undetermined: 10 confirmed. ___ Total: 1 probable, 554 confirmed. Source: Illinois Department of Public Health. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.