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October 30, 2014

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Nevada flu cases increase to 92

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Nevada health officials are reporting a total of 92 cases of the novel H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu, as of Wednesday.

A total of 58 cases in Washoe County, which includes Reno and Sparks, raised Nevada's total of the novel flu strain containing segments of swine, bird and human viruses, said Martha Framsted, spokeswoman for the Nevada Division of Health.

Of the total, 29 confirmed cases have been reported in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City; four cases in the state's capitol of Carson City and one in Lyon County, Framsted said.

Fifteen of the new cases in Washoe County have been linked to Mendive Middle School, said Judy Davis, spokeswoman for the Washoe County Health District.

There have been no deaths reported in Nevada. As of Tuesday the United States had reported 10 deaths.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center of Influenza and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that states would likely see an increase in the number of flu cases reported because of the three-day Memorial Day holiday.

State and CDC laboratories took the holiday off after working 24/7 since the new flu outbreak began in April, Schuchat said. "So the surge may come later this week," she said.

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