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Swine Flu Strikes Two Southern California Children


A young boy in San Diego County and a young girl in Imperial County have been infected with swine flu. Health officials say the strain of the disease has been seen before in the United States. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Health officials say the nine-year-old girl and the ten-year-old boy who came down with swine flu have fully recovered.

The mystery is how they got the disease in the first place.


Officials say the children have never met, nor have they had any contact with pigs.

Dr. Wilma Wooten is San Diego County's Public Health Officer. She says we do not have an outbreak of swine flu.

"What we do have," says Dr. Wooten, "Is a situation where there is a unique animal virus that has now been introduced into the human population, and we are conducting heightened surveillance and investigation to determine the source, and whether or not it's more common than we know."

Dr. Wooten says swine flu infections among humans are rare.

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.