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TUESDAY, April 21, 2009

2 Southern Calif. Children Contract Rare Strain Of Swine Flu

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A 10-year-old in San Diego County and a 9-year-old in Imperial County have contracted swine influenza, a rare respiratory disease usually found in pigs, it was announced today.

The children were not hospitalized and have recovered, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

The two cases of human infection with swine influenza A H1N1 were confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local health officials are now taking part in a joint investigation.

Although sporadic human infections of the swine influenza virus have occurred, this particular genetic combination is "novel and has not been seen before in the United States," according to HHSA.

Neither of the two infected children reported being near pigs and both cases were detected through seasonal influenza monitoring, according to county health officials.

Most commonly, human cases of swine flu happen through direct exposure to pigs, according to the CDC.

Symptoms of swine influenza in people are similar to those of a regular flu infection and include fever, lethargy, coughing and lack of appetite. But a few deaths have been reported related to swine influenza, according to the CDC.

Prior to 2005, there was only about one human swine influenza virus infection reported every one or two years in the country, according to the HHSA. Since 2005, a dozen cases of the disease have been reported in people.

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