California’s confirmed cases total 79

The number of California swine flu cases rose to 79 Monday, according to state and local health officials, and more than 120 probable cases have been identified.

But of those patients, just 10 have been hospitalized. “Everything indicates the illness continues to be mild, even among those who are hospitalized,” said Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director of the California Department of Public Health’s Center for Infectious Diseases.

In Los Angeles County, eight new cases were confirmed Monday, giving the county a total of 11 cases. Six of them were in Los Angeles and five were in Long Beach.

Riverside County confirmed four additional cases, for a total of six. There were three newly confirmed cases in San Bernardino County.

San Diego County confirmed nine new cases Monday, for a total of 24. Imperial County added four new confirmed cases, for a total of 11.