- The Washington Times - Monday, May 25, 2009

From combined dispatches

BALTIMORE — Baltimore health officials are reporting the city’s first three swine flu cases.

Health officials said Sunday that one of the three is hospitalized and all three are above school age, but would not release any other information.

Interim Health Commissioner Olivia Farrow said city health officials were working closely with state health officials, area hospitals and health care providers to monitor the spread of the disease and implement their flu plan.

City health officials also urged residents to take steps to prevent the spread of swine flu, including frequent hand-washing, covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing, and not going to work or school when sick.

In New York City, a 50-year-old woman became the city’s second confirmed death linked to swine flu.

A spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the woman died over the weekend and had underlying health conditions.

Assistant public school principal Mitchell Wiener became New York City’s first death from the virus a week ago.

The city’s first outbreak of swine flu occurred about a month ago, when more than 1,000 teenagers at a Catholic high school in Queens began falling ill following the return of several students from vacations in Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak.

As the disease spreads around the world, authorities in South Korea said Saturday that a 23-year-old American citizen in the country has swine flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in South Korea said the woman was quarantined in a hospital, but provided no other details.

This was South Korea’s fifth confirmed case of swine flu. Three of these patients have recovered, while the fourth is to be released from a hospital soon, authorities said.

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