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Colo officials: 2 swine flu cases confirmed

KRISTEN WYATT
Associated Press Writer

DENVER ” Colorado health officials say they have confirmed two cases of swine flu in the state.

The state Department of Public Health and Environment announced the cases Thursday in a written release.

Department spokeswoman Ellen Cohen refused to give any details ahead of a news conference scheduled later in the day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of swine flu cases in the United States has topped 100, with confirmed infections in 11 states. It wasn’t immediately clear if Colorado was among the 11.

The CDC update said there have been 109 cases including 50 in New York, 26 in Texas and 14 in California.

Swine flu has killed one person in the U.S., a toddler from Mexico who died in Texas on a family trip.

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The World Health Organization increased its tally of confirmed swine flu cases around the world to 236 from 148.

WHO said most of the new confirmed cases worldwide came from Mexico.

Colorado lawmakers were scheduled to get a briefing from state health officials on swine flu later Thursday. Lawmakers are reviewing their plans to keep the Legislature functioning during an epidemic.

Earlier this week, state health officials cautioned residents to practice good hygiene and to stay home from work and school if they are sick.

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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/epr