SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State and public health officials have just announced in a press conference that an adult male in his 40s living in Spokane has a probable case of Swine Flu.
Local health officials said they have not been able to contact the man or his doctor. They also said he recently returned from a trip to California.
Washington health officials report six probable cases of swine flu in the state.
Three of the cases are in King County, which includes Seattle, two are in Snohomish County, just north of Seattle, and one is in Spokane County.
Officials told a news conference Wednesday night that samples have been sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for formal confirmation.
Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health-Seattle & King County, says he expects the region will see more infections of the swine flu H1N1 virus, which has been confirmed or suspected in dozens of patients in at least a dozen other states and several foreign countries.