Two more people have contracted the H1N1 influenza "swine flu" virus in San Diego County, bringing the total number of confirmed local cases to 29, county health officials announced today.
Both of the new cases are individuals in the military, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.
People with symptoms of the flu are again being encouraged to stay home from work or school.
"If you are sick, do not go to work, school or travel," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer. "Cover your mouth when coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose and wash your hands frequently."
Meanwhile, three San Diego County high schools that were closed because of an outbreak of swine flu reopened today.
Kearny High School in Kearny Mesa, the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in Paradise Hills and Mission Hills High School in San Marcos were closed last week, after students at each of the schools tested positive for the virus, formally known as H1N1.
The schools were supposed to remain shuttered until May 18, but revised guidelines released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will allow them to reopen.
Federal health officials now say that schools where a case of swine flu has been confirmed can stay open. Those schools that were closed because of swine flu may also reopen, according to the CDC.
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