Ft. Gordon reports H1N1 flu case

A National Guardsman stationed at Fort Gordon is the Augusta area’s first confirmed case of the novel influenza A H1N1 virus, the post announced today.

The unidentified 42-year-old staff sergeant reported a low-grade fever and sore throat on June 4 and was given bed rest, the fort said in a news release. He was not given anti-viral medication and his symptoms subsided after two days. Testing at a military lab in San Antonio came back positive for the virus, which emerged earlier this year in Mexico and is a previously unknown strain. On Thursday, the Word Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic because it had shown human-to-human transmission on two continents.

Fort Gordon said in its news release that it was confident preventative measures taken mitigated the threat of the virus spreading to the community.

The staff sergeant, on temporary duty at the post, is scheduled to complete his annual training on Sunday and return home, according to the news release. He is assigned to the 230th Combat Support Battalion based at Fort Gillem in Georgia.

The Fort Gordon case is not among the 41 confirmed cases listed by the Georgia Division of Public Health, which was last updated on Wednesday.

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