UPDATE: No swine flu cases reported in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - No cases of swine flu have been reported in Oklahoma, but health officials say the disease is likely here and the public must be vigilant.  Cases have been reported in the neighboring states of Texas and Kansas and elsewhere but no deaths are reported in the U.S.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley said at a news conference Monday afternoon that confirmed cases are inevitable and expected in Oklahoma "very soon.'' Gov. Brad Henry released a statement calling it  "a serious health concern'' needing attention and alertness.

Precautions include washing hands often; avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth; cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoid people who are sick. State health officials are asking healthcare providers to consider testing patients with flu-like symptoms _ particularly if the patient has traveled to Mexico.

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