Two more flu cases in Georgia

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 11:16 AM
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Georgia has two more confirmed case of novel influenza A H1N1 virus, bringing the state’s total to four, said S. Elizabeth Ford, acting director of the Georgia Division of Public Health.

The two cases were confirmed Monday night by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are a 3-year-old boy in Cobb County, whose entire household is now showing symptoms of the flu and a 36-year-old pregnant woman from DeKalb County who has apparently already recovered, Georgia health officials said.

The 3-year-old was exposed to an ill relative who had traveled to Mexico and he became ill on Wednesday. His 2-year-old brother, a 2-month-old baby, and both parents are also ill and all are receiving antivirals or are being evaluated for antivirals, health officials said.

Antivirals are not tested on or recommended for children under 3 months of age but the child’s pediatrician apparently felt the benefit outweighed the risks, said Dr. Ford, who is a pediatrician herself.

The 36-year-old had no known contacts with people who were ill but her 8-year-old son had been ill before but it was a mild illness, Dr. Ford said.

There is still one probable case – an 8-year-old Clayton County girl who had been attending school in Mexico before traveling to Georgia – which is still pending confirmation with the CDC.

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