US reaction to swine flu more muted than elsewhere

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - The number of confirmed swine flu cases in
the U.S. has risen to 48.

The government says most of the cases are mild. There have been
no fatalities.

The outbreak, which apparently started in Mexico, has claimed at
least 149 lives there.

The American reaction to swine flu has been limited to steps that hospitals, schools and mask-wearing individuals took on their own. Airports and border agents have been waving people through with little or no additional screening.

The government said it's shipping millions of doses of flu-fighting medicine from a federal stockpile to states along the Mexican border or where the virus has been detected.

The confirmed U.S. cases include 28 at a private high school in
New York City, 11 in California, six in Texas, two in Kansas and
one in Ohio. New Jersey is reporting five probable cases. Only one
American case has led to a hospitalization.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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