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Lingle: Three swine flu cases probable on Oahu

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Governor Linda Lingle Governor Linda Lingle
Dr. Sarah Park, State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, State Epidemiologist
Dr. Chiyome Fukino, State Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino, State Health Director

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Monday afternoon Governor Linda Lingle said there are three probable cases of swine flu in Hawaii. Lingle says confirmation is expected Tuesday or Wednesday.

All three suspected cases are residents of the island of Oahu. Two cases are adults, one of whom recently traveled to Texas the other is the spouse of that person.

The other case is a school-aged child, and this case appears to be unrelated to the two adults. The child is reported to have recently traveled to California.

"The one school-aged case did not attend school while ill. Therefore, at this time, school closure is not necessary" said Dr. Sarah Park, State Epidemiologist.

Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Hawaii State Health Director, said that "the three probable cases awaiting confirmation had mild illness, and all have recovered at home."

Some healthcare workers were exposed to the sick child, but so far none have tested positive for swine flu. State health officials are continuing to monitor these individuals.

36 states now have confirmed or probable cases of swine flu. So far only one person, a child who was a Mexican citizen, is confirmed to have died from the disease in the United States