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Officials say current wave of swine flu cases appears to have peaked

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The current wave of swine flu cases in Wisconsin appears to have reached its peak two weeks ago.

That's what state officials said, after reporting 11 more deaths from the H1N1 virus. Spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said some of the patients died a couple weeks ago - but it takes awhile to confirm them.

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A test must show that a person died from influenza, and then a second test must confirm that the H1N1 virus was involved.

Finally, a doctor or a corner must decide if the death was related to swine flu and not to an underlying condition like pneumonia or heart disease.

The latest deaths bring the total for the year to 31.

Just more than 400 people have been hospitalized with the H1N1 virus since the beginning of September.

And four of every five of those people had underlying medical conditions. Meanwhile, officials say there's enough vaccine for many public health agencies around the state to hold clinics for all people, not just kids and others in the high-risk groups.

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