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Swine Flu Fears Subside, Officials Urge Caution
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Dr. Matthew Cartter, the state's Epidemiologist, says Connecticut is in a post panic period. He says hospitals and primary care offices are reporting fewer people coming in with flu-like symptoms, or wanting to be tested.

"What I'm expecting to see and the way we view this right now, is that this is the first wave of something -- of this epidemic. Whether we have a second wave or not is unclear, and how this month is going to go is still unclear."

Connecticut is one of 36 states where cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed.

The state now has two confirmed cases from residents in Stratford and Middlefield. Cartter says he expects those numbers to change in the coming days, as new test results are released.

Like other flu viruses, Cartter says spreading of H1N1 will decrease during the summer months, and possibly mutate as a second wave in the Fall.

He says he expects this strain will be at least as severe as seasonal influenza. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 36,000 people in the US die from the flu every year. 

Although a Public Health Emergency has been declared by the Federal government, Governor Rell has not yet declared one for the state.

Dr. Robert Galvin, commissioner of the State department of Public Health, says the state received 134,000 antiviral medications over the week end, as well as large amounts of protective equipment such as masks and gloves.