7 More Swine Flu Deaths Reported, NYC Total at 30

The Health Department quietly updated the numbers on its Web site Friday

Seven more deaths in New York City have been linked to swine flu, bringing the total to 30.

The Health Department did not make a formal announcement but quietly updated the numbers on its Web site Friday.

The city has refused to release details about swine flu deaths,and would only say that victims ranged in age from 25 to 64.

The number of confirmed New York City cases also rose to 1,083, with 803 hospitalizations. Officials believe many more have had swine flu because the city does not test everyone who has mild symptoms.

Officials said last week that thousands of New Yorkers have experienced flu-like symptoms since the outbreak began in late April.

They have maintained that there is no reason to panic and urged all New Yorkers to use the same common sense precautions as with normal flu.

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