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Third flu case in state likely

The state's third probable case of swine flu has been reported in a 10-month-old Montgomery County girl.

The baby, who was not identified, has since recovered and did not have to be hospitalized, said Pamela Spradling, health education director for the Montgomery County Health Department.

The health department is still investigating how the child might have contracted the flu, since neither she nor her immediate family members have traveled out of state recently, Spradling said.

"They reported that they really hadn't been much of anywhere," Spradling said.

The baby was ill about a week ago and saw her family doctor, who sent a sample from the patient to the state Department for Public Health for testing. The state notified the local health department Friday afternoon that the case was probably swine flu, Spradling said.

A sample has been sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further testing.

The child is enrolled in a day care in Montgomery County, and the facility is voluntarily closing for the next week, Spradling said.

She declined to name the day care early Saturday evening, saying the center's director was still notifying parents whose children attend the facility. Spradling said 31 or 32 children are enrolled there.

The state has sent samples to the CDC from two other patients — a Fayette County man and an infant in Western Kentucky — who have probable cases of swine flu. Results are expected early next week.

A Warren County woman who is hospitalized in Georgia has been confirmed to have swine flu.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department's flu hotline will operate from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Anyone with questions about flu symptoms or treatment should call 288-7529. Messages left after-hours will receive a return call the following day.

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