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Yakima Health District Moves Focus Away From Number Of H1N1 Cases

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The Yakima Health District, along with health agencies across the country, is shifting the way they monitor the H1N1 virus.

The agency said Wednesday they are moving from a daily to weekly focus on the number of cases that get reported to them.

Marianne Patnode works for the Yakima Health District.  She says after six weeks of monitoring the swine flu, they want to move the emphasis on who specifically is catching the strand and not just on ever single outbreak in the area.

"What we want to keep looking at is how serious is this particular illness so because of that the criteria have changed."

The focus will include patients who are hospitalized, severely ill, or who die from the virus.  But they still want everyone to wash their hands, cover their cough, and stay home if they are sick.
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