H1N1 virus could peak in the U.S.

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - It seems to appear that most H1N1 cases in the United States are mild, no more deadly than regular flu.

Leaving some to think the number of cases may have peaked but public health official say that people still need to remain cautious.

The Centers for Disease Control confirms 896 cases of the H1N1 virus now exist in the United States with 4 confirmed cases in Alabama....

Health officials say the number of cases could soon peak here in the U.S. but warn people shouldn't let their guard down.

"It has the potential to resurface we're continuing to watch it and see what happens in the southern hemisphere as they enter their flu season," says Jan Largess, a nurse at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Scientists say even though cases are mild now they could resurface as more severe ones later in the year.

However, they say with better technology than what was around during the 1918 pandemic an outbreak like that seems unlikely.

As well people are more aware and informed of the dangers.

"They're paying attention and going about the proper precautions," says Largess.

Scientist are also working on a vaccine for H1N1 but it won't ready for six months.

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