South Carolina has more confirmed and suspected cases of what is now being called the novel influenza A H1N1 virus, formerly called swine flu.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 13 confirmed and nine suspected cases of the new flu virus. Jerry Gibson, chief of the Bureau of Disease Control for the department, said the state is conducting 22 investigations throughout the state.
All of the confirmed cases are from a school in Newberry, where people became ill after a trip to Mexico.
All of those who are confirmed or probable cases of the new flu virus, as well as those who were exposed, are being asked to voluntarily isolate themselves at home, Dr. Gibson said.
These steps are asked not only to help exposed and infected citizens, but also to protect others from exposure and illness, and to prevent further spread, Dr. Gibson said. Isolation and quarantine are used to protect your family, friends and others from the virus.