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State of emergency issued in L.A., Calif.

April 28, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has unanimously declared a local health emergency for the county in the face of the swine flu outbreak, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a state of emergency in California, freeing up resources to combat the virus across the state. The deaths of two men were investigated as possibly related to swine flu on Tuesday morning, but an investigation determined that the deaths had no connection, according to L.A. County Coroner's Office spokesman Ed Winter.

The test results of a girl and her mother, who were also suspected of having swine flu, returned negative.

The girl and her mother, who are from San Bernardino County, reported feeling sick over the weekend after a trip to Mexico.

The girl is a student at Our Lady of the Assumption School in Claremont, and the school decided to cancel classes Tuesday pending the outcome of the test results.

School maintenance workers had cleaned the common areas of the school, like the school auditorium and the girl's classroom. Parents took their kids out of school on Monday.

The L.A. County Department of Public Health had advised the archdiocese to keep the Claremont school open, but officials decided to close the campus for a day.

There are 13 confirmed cases in California, five each in San Diego and Imperial counties, and three in Sacramento County.

The three cases in Northern California are at Saint Mel School in Fair Oaks after students vacationed in Mexico. The school has closed until at least Thursday.

All of the California cases have been mild, so far, and some parents of students at Our Lady of the Assumption School said it's not time to panic.

"It's just the normal flu symptoms, from what I understand, you know, coughing, sneezing, congestion, fevers, things of that nature, so I'm not really worried about it," said parent Jennifer Leonard.

Ten people in Riverside County started showing symptoms of swine flu. They have been tested, but those results have all returned negative.

With the test results of the student from Our Lady of the Assumption School and her mother returning negative, there are no cases of swine flu in L.A. County or San Bernardino County.

As of Tuesday, there are 64 confirmed cases of swine flu in the U.S.


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