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Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2009 4:31 pm | Updated: 12:58 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

On the same day state health officials received permission to conduct tests for swine flu, Arizona was confirmed to have 130 cases. Arizona Department of Health Services interim director Will Humble said the jump in the number of confirmed cases was no cause for alarm.

On the same day state health officials received permission to conduct tests for swine flu, Arizona was confirmed to have 130 cases.

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Arizona Department of Health Services interim director Will Humble said the jump in the number of confirmed cases was no cause for alarm.

“We expected our total number of positive cases to increase because we are working through the … backlog of tests,” Humble said.

On Thursday, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allowed states, including Arizona, to test for the new H1N1 strain of influenza. While the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory began testing for the new virus Wednesday, officials had to wait for CDC validation of test results.

Swine flu briefly closed two Chandler elementary schools where a student at each fell ill. But the campuses reopened Tuesday after health officials determined H1N1 is no more dangerous than the flu outbreaks erupting every year.

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