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Swine Flu: Illinois Confirms 258 Cases Of H1N1, 122 In Chicago

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 258 confirmed cases of swine flu.

Illinois health officials said Thursday the total includes 122 confirmed cases in Chicago and another 56 in suburban Cook County. DuPage County has 29 confirmed cases.

Another 22 Illinois cases are called "probable," meaning they haven't yet been confirmed by additional testing.

Illinois began doing its own confirmation tests on Sunday, which meant quicker turnaround on results and large increases earlier this week in case numbers.

The new tally of confirmed cases is 33 more than Wednesday's total.

The state expects a gradual decline in specimens submitted for testing as doctors follow recommendations to test only severely ill patients.

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On the Net: http://www.Ready.Illinois.gov

-ASSOCIATED PRESS

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