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5 probable cases of swine flu in Hillsborough; 3 schools closing

Florida now has three confirmed cases of swine flu (one each in Lee, Broward and Orange counties), the Florida Department of Health reported Sunday, and a public health emergency has been declared by the State Surgeon General. The Orange County case, the latest to be confirmed, is a 14-year-old female visitor who has returned to Mexico. Hillsborough County has five probable cases. According to BayNews9.com, two of those cases involve students who attend Freedom High and Wilson Middle schools. Those schools will be closed between May 4 and May 8. They will reopen May 11.

BayNews9.com is also reporting that officials will also close Liberty Middle School. It shares a cafeteria with Freedom High.

Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties each have two probable cases, the health department reported. Alachua, Pinellas, Indian River, Okeechobee, Lee and Clay counties each have one.

A toll-free information line has been established to address an increasing number of calls from the public requesting information about the H1N1 virus. Call (800) 342-3557 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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