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Response to swine flu costs Ohio $44,000 a day

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Health officials in Ohio say responding to the swine flu outbreak is costing the state about $44,000 a day, in addition to the money spent by local governments.

The costs add up as officials set up emergency management centers, communicate with the public, meet and interview patients and alert people who may have contracted the virus.

Experts estimate it costs local health departments about $1 per resident to respond to the outbreak. That would amount to nearly $750,000 in the state capital of Columbus.

 Franklin County, which surrounds Columbus, has 29 employees dedicated to its swine flu response and has spent $37,000 on staffing expenses. The county has three confirmed cases.

 At the state level, 121 people are working on the response.

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