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More swine flu found in region

Fri., June 5, 2009, 9:45 p.m.

Two inmates at the Airway Heights Correction Center tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus – commonly called the swine flu – during the past week. Both cases were mild and the men have been released from quarantine.

Also, an infant in Spokane has tested positive for the virus and local health officials worked Friday to determine if other children were infected.

James Key, associate superintendent at the prison, said there were nine suspected cases of influenza, yet only two tested positive for the new flu virus that has swept across the country.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that Washington has had 577 cases of H1N1 flu.

Idaho has had 16, including two women in their 20s during the past week. Both are recovering, and neither needed hospitalization.

One woman lives in Kootenai County. The other was visiting Bonners Ferry, according to the Panhandle Health District.

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