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First Case of Swine Flu Found in the Tri-Cities

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - A case of the swine flu is found in the Tri-Cities for the first time.

Doctor Larry Jecha with the Benton-Franklin Health District says a person who lives in the Tri-Cities tested positive for the virus. The individual is currently being hospitalized outside of the area.

He says he won't be surprised if other cases in the Tri-Cities test positive as more tests start coming back. He feels the virus is just smoldering right now and we could see more cases in the near future.

He highly recommends everyone take the proper precautions to stay healthy.

"It's not to be taken real lightly. But it's not worse than the strains we usually see. You should use the same precautions during a regular flu season," said Dr. Larry Jecha.

Doctor Jecha recommends washing your hands and staying home if you're sick.

Since April there have been 86 people hospitalized with swine flu in Washington and three deaths.