Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 11:48 AM HST  14 new cases lift Hawaii’s swine flu total to 58  

By Associated Press  

HONOLULU (AP) – The state on Tuesday confirmed 14 more people in Hawaii have contracted the swine flu virus, including the first two cases on the Big Island.

The new cases raise the number of affected people statewide to 58.

The state Health Department said 12 new cases have appeared on Oahu, and the two on the Big Island are school-aged children who are not attending school at this time. One acquired their illness while traveling in another state, the other had contact with a confirmed case.

The 14 confirmations occurred during the holiday weekend. All the individuals have recovered or are recovering with no complications.

“The number of cases is not alarming since we know community transmission is taking place,” said health director Dr. Chiyome Fukino. “To date, this novel H1N1 virus is behaving similar to seasonal flu. … It is important that we continue to carefully monitor the severity and spread of this flu strain.”

The state has investigated and conducted case follow-up for over 800 individuals so far.

The confirmation comes as Mexico announced three more swine flu deaths and the United States and Canada one more death.