1st Georgian with H1N1 flu

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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