1st Georgian with H1N1 flu

Monday, May 4, 2009 2:56 PM
Last updated 4:13 PM
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A 14-year-old Henry County boy is the state's first confirmed novel influenza A H1N1 case but there are at least three more probable cases pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia health officials said.

The Eagles Landing Christian Academy in Henry County, south of Atlanta, was closed today after the student became ill Thursday. It will remain closed for 14 days, said S. Elizabeth Ford, acting director of the Georgia Division of Public Health.

The state has also sent three more samples off for confirmation: a 3-year-old Cobb County boy, an 8-year-old Clayton County girl, and a 36-year-old pregnant DeKalb woman.

All of the Atlanta area patients are doing well and none have been hospitalized. The pregnant woman, who refused antiviral medication out of concern for her pregnancy, has in fact gotten over it on her own, Dr. Ford said.

The 14-year-old also has a 12-year-old sister who also had flu-like symptoms last month but has since recovered, Dr. Ford said. The state's first confirmed case, a 30-year-old Kentucky woman hospitalized in LaGrange, is actually counted by CDC as a Kentucky case of the new virus.

The state has received 169 samples so far, and five have been forwarded to the CDC for confirmation, Dr. Ford said.

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soldout 05/04/09 - 10:05 pm
It is really turning out to

It is really turning out to not be a big deal which is good. The fact that the weather is warm and folks are getting more vitamin D is probably a huge help. CBS radio keeps saying it is not as bad as the regular flu that kills tens of thousands in the US each year. If CBS radio would check with the CDC that number is actually 1500-2000 based on what year you check on with them. The media, except for Fox, is losing all ability to just tell the truth. Twenty-four hour news has created the need to just say something for 24 hours and it can or can't be true but at least say something.

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