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H1N1 pandemic and Utah
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2009, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The declaration that the world is experiencing an H1N1 swine flu pandemic doesn't change the response to the outbreak in Utah.

"We have been operating as if this were a pandemic since the beginning of the outbreak and will continue to do so," said David Sundwall, executive director of the Utah Department of Health.

But starting this week, the state will stop tracking the number of confirmed cases. That's because officials know the virus is spreading -- practically all of the flu activity in the state is due to the new virus. Health-care providers can assume than any patient who tests positive for influenza A strain has H1N1 and can begin treatment with antivirals.

The state will continue to track the numbers of patients who are hospitalized. There were a total of 90 hospitalizations as of Thursday, 38 more than reported Monday. By comparison, 236 Utahns have been hospitalized for seasonal flu.

Heather May

H1N1 by the numbers

Among the Utah patients hospitalized for H1N1:

72 » are between the ages of 5 and 65, which is unexpected. Most patients hospitalized for seasonal flu are the young and the old.

Most » are in Salt Lake County, where the majority have had underlying health conditions that increased their risk of severe complications.

7 » are pregnant.

3 » are health care workers.

2 » have died.

H1N1 numbers

Among the Utah patients hospitalized for H1N1:

72 » are between the ages of 5 and 65, which is unexpected. Most patients hospitalized for seasonal flu are the young and the old.

Most » are in Salt Lake County, where the majority have had underlying health conditions that increased their risk of severe complications.

7 » are pregnant.

3 » are health care workers.

2 » have died.

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