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In California, The Kids are Alright After a Mysterious Bout of Swine Flu

In California, The Kids are Alright After a Mysterious Bout of Swine Flu

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Journalists - particularly those in rural areas - will definitely want to follow the epidemiological investigation of swine flu that struck a nine-year-old Imperial County girl and a 10-year-old boy in adjacent San Diego County.The kids are fine now, but public health officials have never before seen this strain of swine flu in the United States. Here is the AP story.

California public health officials released information about the cases today after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control alerted doctors to be on the lookout for swine flu in the two counties and issued guidelines for identifying and treating the disease. Now, local, state and federal public health investigators will try to track down the source of the infection - which for now is a mystery since the kids didn't have close contact with pigs or each other.

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