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Wash. state health officials find no swine flu

SEATTLE, Wash. - No swine flu has been found in Washington, but health officials are keeping a close watch for any that appear.

State Health Department spokesman Tim Church says hospitals, clinics, doctors and other providers are being asked to report all Type A flu cases.

Swine flu is Type A, but not all Type A is swine flu. Church says the state will check any confirmed cases of Type A flu and if swine flu cannot be ruled out, a sample will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control. That's because Washington state's epidemiology laboratory is not equipped to test for the recently identified flu strain.

Overall, Church says there have not been any more cases of flu in the state than is normal for this time of year.

No special swine flu screening at Sea-Tac

SEATAC, Wash. - Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says there's no special alert or screening of passengers for swine flu at the airport.

He says the airport Sea-Tac is prepared with a quarantine area at the south satellite that can hold several hundred people. It's only been used once to hold a few people while they were screened for avian flu.

Perry says Alaska Airlines has three flight daily from the west coast of Mexico. The next Aeromexico plane from Mexico City is due to arrive Wednesday.



 

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