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Officials warn of increased swine flu outbreak

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[July 18, 2009]  CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois public health officials are warning that the swine flu outbreak may become more severe during the upcoming regular flu season.

DonutsIllinois Department of Public Health Director Damon Arnold says officials are working on a plan to deal with a "severe" swine flu outbreak this fall. He says experts and emergency officials met to discuss preparations this week at the 2009 Illinois Public Health Emergency Preparedness Summit in suburban Chicago. 

Officials advise people to take precautions against the flu by washing their hands frequently, covering their mouth while they sneeze or cough, and staying home if they're sick. 

Authorities say the number of swine flu cases in Illinois has increased to more than 3,300. There have been 15 deaths in the state from the virus.

[Associated Press]

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