Confirmed W.Va. Swine Flu Cases Double In W.Va.

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- State health officials say the number of confirmed swine flu cases in West Virginia has more than doubled this week to 59, including 36 in Wood County alone.

The State Department of Health and Human Resources reported Thursday that one case has required hospitalization and six involve out-of-state residents.

In Wood County, the number of cases has more than tripled this week. Dr. Sherif Ibrahim, a regional epidemiologist for the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, says 28 teenagers are among the confirmed cases.

Eleven counties now have confirmed cases: Berkeley, Boone, Cabell, Greenbrier, Hancock, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monongalia, Putnam, Raleigh and Wood.

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