Mt. Vernon Register-News

June 26, 2009

Illinois reports more than 2,800 swine flu cases

CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago women have died after falling ill with swine flu, bringing the state’s total number of deaths in the global epidemic to 12.

Health officials said Friday the rate of new case reports in the state has slowed. The number of swine flu cases in Illinois has risen to more than 2,800.

The Chicago Department of Public Health reported the two new swine flu deaths Friday.

A 54-year-old woman was hospitalized June 2 and died June 10. A 47-year-old woman was hospitalized June 20 and died June 23.

The older woman had other known medical problems, but the younger woman didn’t.

Chicago has seen more than 1,000 diagnosed cases of swine flu. Health officials say there are probably many more undiagnosed cases.