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CDC investigates H1N1 flu cases after Chicago hospital declares code yellow disaster

Emergency Management Alert, May 26, 2009

A total of 300 H1N1 flu cases have been confirmed in Chicago, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to focus its attention on St. Joseph Hospital, according to ABC.com.

The hospital has seen a high number of cases among its employees and patients in recent weeks, prompting the hospital to declare a "code yellow" disaster. Hospital officials said that some employees had developed minor flu symptoms and were sent home. The CDC says it investigates all new viruses, and deployed some of its 80 field examiners to Chicago and to the hospital.

The CDC still recommends frequent hand washing and keeping a three-foot distance from infected individuals.

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