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Ky. infant's illness was seasonal flu

A Western Kentucky infant initially thought to have had swine flu had only regular, seasonal flu, Kentucky health officials said Wednesday.

Tests were carried out by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which also is analyzing specimens from three other probable flu cases in Kentucky. Results from those three cases are pending.

No new suspected swine flu cases in Kentucky were reported Wednesday.

Last week, the Western Kentucky infant, who lives in the eight-county Barren River Health District, became the first Kentucky resident listed as having suspected swine flu. The child, who was never hospitalized, is doing well, health officials said.

However, a Bowling Green area woman — identified last week as the first Kentuckian with confirmed swine flu — remains in the hospital in Georgia, where she became sick while on a trip.

A young man in Daviess County also has been confirmed as having swine flu, but he appears to be recovering.

Meanwhile, Kentucky health department spokeswoman Gwenda Bond said the state's lab in Frankfort could be ready to start conducting its own swine flu tests by Thursday. The state lab has been doing preliminary tests, but it had to send all suspected swine flu samples to the CDC in Atlanta for confirmation.

Being able to conduct all the testing in Kentucky should speed up the process, health officials said.

Bond said the state lab is getting flu test samples from doctors' offices around the state.

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