State Confirms Swine Flu Case
North Carolina has its first confirmed case of swine flu, also known as H1N1, State Health Director Jeffrey Engel reported Sunday.
Gov. Bev Perdue joined Engel in assuring North Carolinians that state and local health officials have taken appropriate steps to safeguard the health of North Carolinians.
"We have been planning and preparing for an infectious disease outbreak for some years now," Perdue said. "We have stockpiled antiviral medications and other materials for fighting infectious disease, such as gloves and masks. Everything is in place, and we know what we have to do.
"All of our county health departments are providing strong leadership and working aggressively to keep informed and taking proper health precautions."
Engel said he received the confirmed test result Sunday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Testing at the State Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh had identified two probable N1H1 flu cases on Thursday, which were forwarded to the CDC for further testing and confirmation.
Another six North Carolina samples identified by the State Lab as probable for H1N1 virus have been forwarded to the CDC. Those results are not yet available. The State Lab is currently receiving more than 100 samples for testing daily.
The confirmation was from an Onslow County resident who had recently visited Texas. The Onslow County resident has been ordered into isolation for seven days after the initial manifestation of symptoms, and a family member is a probable case awaiting CDC confirmation.
The Onslow County couple have both been in isolation and there have bee no secondary cases in Onslow County.
Engel advised those same steps for anyone who begins showing flu-like symptoms: fever, chills, headache, extreme fatigue, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and/or runny nose, and body aches
"Even if you don't have symptoms, or come into close contact with someone who does, I encourage everyone to take precautionary measures," Engel said. "Prevention really is the best medicine."
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