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3 probable cases of swine flu in Hawaii

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    The Hawaii Department of Health said there are three probable cases of the H1N1 influenza A, or swine flu, on Oahu.

    Preliminary tests completed at the State Laboratories Division on Sunday were presumptively positive and samples were sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation, the department said.

    “With 36 states now confirming cases of novel H1N1 influenza A, or swine-origin flu, it is only a matter of time before Hawaii also identifies its first case,” said Health Director Chiyome Fukino, in a statement. “Our department continues to monitor for and investigate possible cases for confirmation. Fortunately, the three probable cases awaiting confirmation had mild illness and all have recovered at home.”

    The three cases are all Oahu residents. Two are adults, one with recent travel to Texas and the other becoming ill after exposure to their spouse. The third, separate case is a school-aged child with recent travel to California, the department said.

    Novel H1N1 flu cases have been confirmed in at least 36 states so far and more cases are expected. As of Monday, the CDC reported 286 laboratory-confirmed cases nationwide.