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Four new cases of swine flu were detected in Missouri Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed and probable cases to 12.
The new cases of swine flu, also known as the 2009 H1N1 virus, were found in Platte, Jackson and St. Charles counties.
They were discovered during testing of specimens sent to the state Public Health Laboratory by doctors whose patients reported flu-like symptoms.
Two of the cases involved residents of Platte County. One patient lived in Jackson and one in St. Charles County. No additional information about the patients will be released until they are notified that their tests indicated the presence of swine flu.
The Missouri State Public Health Lab was able to confirm the presence of swine flu in the four new cases after receiving the chemical test for the virus developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Two other cases – a Platte County woman and a Kansas City resident who was receiving medical care in Nebraska – were previously confirmed as swine flu by the CDC.
Six other cases are still considered probable. Specimens from those cases were sent to the CDC for confirmation, but state officials are still awaiting the results. Those six cases involve three children in Platte County, a child in eastern Jackson County and a father and son in Howard County.