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9:42 am
Wed September 2, 2009

UPDATE: Swine Flu

Tulsa, OK – Expert: Swine flu remains mild in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The director of one of Oklahoma's largest local health departments says swine flu is the state's most immediate health concern.

Tulsa City-County Health Department director Gary Cox said Tuesday most cases of the virus, also known as H1N1, have been mild in Oklahoma. But Cox also says health authorities are monitoring the virus carefully, especially with the start of the school year.

Only one swine flu death has been reported in Oklahoma, that in June. Because the virus has spread so broadly, the state Department of Health no longer is tracking the number of people who have contracted swine flu.

Cox says while there is good reason for careful study of the swine flue, there is no need for Oklahomans to panic.