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Southwest Georgia Health District scales back H1N1 response

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Southwest Georgia health officials are scaling back their response to the H1 N1 virus.

Health officials are dismantling the Emergency Operations Center set up at the health department. They'll continue to monitor the illness even though we've seen no positive swine flu cases in southwest Georgia. The regional health department is still awaiting test results of 16 specimens. They say the community should now treat this illness just like they do the seasonal flu.

"Since this swine flu has not been significantly worse than that I think it's just going back to those basic precautions that we always state," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, Southwest Georgia Health District Director.

Georgia's cases have also followed the national trend, where the median age of those who contracted the illness was around 17 years old.

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