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NOTE: Map courtesy Henry L Niman, a medical researcher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics said this morning it had a patient test positive for flu Tuesday but it is not a suspected case of swine flu at this point, a spokeswoman said.
The patient came in complaining of flu-like symptoms and was given a rapid test for influenza, which came back positive, hospital spokeswoman Deborah Humphrey said. The rapid tests do not specify what type of influenza is present. The sample may be sent off for further testing out of “an overabundance of caution,” she said. However, the patient does not have a history of travel to infected areas or contact with suspected swine flu patients or any of the other criteria that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has set for suspected swine flu cases, so it is unclear if the sample would even be accepted for further testing, Mrs. Humphrey said.
The hospital wanted to let people know to help prevent the spread of rumors and so that people “don’t get overly alarmed,” she said.
Elsewhere, the number of probable cases of swine flu in South Carolina increased to 17 today, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said.
The samples from patients were considered "untypeable" or did not match any known influenza A subtype, said Jerry Gibson, chief of the department's Bureau of Disease Control.
The samples are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for definitive testing. The department had earlier listed two samples from high school students in Newberry, S.C., as probable swine flu because they did not correspond to known samples.
The school in Newberry was closed earlier this week after students became ill following a trip to Mexico. All 17 probable cases are related to that trip.
The department is asking those that are ill to voluntarily isolate themselves at home.
The Associated Press contributed to this article