Ft. Gordon reports H1N1 flu case

Friday, June 12, 2009 12:00 PM
Last updated 12:03 PM
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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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AugustaVoter 06/12/09 - 04:26 pm
And if the doctors treated

And if the doctors treated him the same way they treat all other soldiers up there, they gave him a "Cold Pack" and sent him back to duty. That is why we are just now hearing about it 8 days later.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 06/12/09 - 04:36 pm
Please, in tomorrow's printed

Please, in tomorrow's printed edition, do not use the H1N1 political correctness term. Use swine flu instead. And Signal-16 is correct. This is much ado about nothing.

poolmom 06/13/09 - 09:16 am
When you are sick stay home

When you are sick stay home and away from me and all the other people! People kill me who bring their sick kids out and about to spread the germs around!

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