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First swine flu cases in L.A. County confirmed

May 2, 2009 | 11:37 pm

The first three cases of swine flu in Los Angeles County were confirmed tonight, health officials said.

The virus was found in a Cal State Long Beach student who started having flu-like symptoms last weekend, as well as in two other specimens that were sent to a laboratory for testing, said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the county’s director of public health.

Fielding said late Saturday that he did not have any additional information on the other two patients, but they apparently were not related to the student in Long Beach.

The overall pattern of swine flu in the United States, Fielding said, has been “mild to moderate illness, which is good news.”

--Ari Bloomekatz

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