Alabama testing more than 75 samples for swine flu

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Lab technicians at the Alabama Department of Public Health are testing more than 75 samples for swine flu.

State Health Officer Don Williamson said Thursday the lab has gotten samples from doctors around the state who suspect patients might have the virus that is circulating around the world.

Two children from Madison have the state's first probable cases of the flu and their samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results are expected in 48 to 72 hours.

The probable cases were found in a batch of 18 samples that were tested Wednesday.

That discovery has led to closings for Huntsville's 52 city schools and 10 in Madison. The Alabama High School Athletic Association also canceled all athletic events.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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