May 3, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) – Health officials have confirmed the city’s first case of swine flu involving a patient who hadn’t been to Mexico lately and isn’t linked to a school that was the site of the biggest U.S. outbreak.
As many as 1,000 New Yorkers are believed likely to have contracted swine flu in the past few weeks, the city’s health department said, but until this weekend almost all of those victims were connected to the St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens.
The rest of the city’s cases involved people who had recently returned from Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak.
The emergence of a patient not connected to those two groups is notable but no cause for alarm, said the city’s health commissioner, Thomas Frieden.
State Health Commissioner Richard Daines said many people being tested are turning out not to have the sickness. Of the 43 specimens tested Friday by the state health lab, many turned out to be common types of flu.