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Second probable case of Swine Flu in Spokane County

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Health officials announced in a Friday afternoon press conference there is a second probable case of Swine Flu in Spokane County.

Health officials say a 5-year-old at Sheridan Elementary School is the second person in Spokane with a probable case of swine flu.

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The child, the son of Spokane man in his 40s who health authorities earlier this week said was the city's first H1N1 virus, has been home and not attending school since last week, said Spokane health officer Dr. Joel McCullough.

Health officials are still recommending Bloomsday go ahead as planned.

Meanwhile, the state Health Department says there are now 16 probable cases of swine flu in Washington.

Spokesman Tim Church says samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation.

Swine flu is suspected in nine people in King County, which includes Seattle, five people in Snohomish County, just north of Seattle, and two people in Spokane County. The state has tested 115 samples to find the 16 probable cases.

Another King County school was closed Friday: Midway Elementary School is Des Moines. Public Health-Seattle & King County says the Highline School District decided to close Midway for one week after a 9-year-old girl who is a student there became ill with what is suspected to be swine flu.

Bottom-line: How dangerous is the virus and how big is my risk?

Unfortunately a good answer to that question isn't here yet. Right now, "it's a moving target, and we just don't fully know the full story yet. But I would have to say that, at this point, I do not think the average American on the street is at any great risk," says Dr. Charles Ericsson, head of clinical infectious disease at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

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