Aiken County reports 4 flu cases

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 3:08 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 1:23 PM
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AIKEN -- The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed today that there were four cases of swine flu, or H1N1, detected in Aiken County between June 12 and 19.

Adam Myrick, a spokesman for DHEC, said there have been no hospitalizations in those cases, but he couldn’t offer any more details, citing federal patient privacy laws.

Robert Visbisky, an Aiken resident and finance director for Barnwell County, said today that he was one of the four who was confirmed to have H1N1. He said he, another adult and two children contracted the virus while on a trip with Boy Scout Troop 115 of Aiken at Camp Daniel Boone in Haywood County, N.C.

He said he has since recovered and returned this week to work after a week of staying at home. He said his case was mild and his wife and son didn’t contract the virus, but he understands that H1N1 is very contagious and might have spread to others from other states at the North Carolina camp.

Speaking in general about H1N1, Mr. Myrick said cases so far appear to be mild. He said what has been perplexing to officials is how the virus has been lingering on in the heat of the summer, which typically diminishes the flu virus.

"We're still learning about this virus,” he said. “It's hanging around longer than anyone expected."


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