2 new swine flu cases reported

A Georgia Southern University student and a camper attending an event at the school have both tested positive for the novel influenza A H1N1 virus, the school and a health district announced today.

The cases are not related, and both patients are recovering.

“They did not have direct contact,” said Roger Naylor, public information officer for the Southeast Health District in Waycross, Ga. He could not provide an age for either case. The Georgia Southern student, who lived off campus and was not attending classes, became sick within the last week and went to the school’s infirmary, Mr. Naylor said. He was treated with antiviral medication and is already back on his feet and out of the range where he would be infectious, Mr. Naylor said.

“He’s doing well,” he said.

The other case involved a camper at Georgia Boy’s State who became ill and tested positive after returning home, the school said in a news release. The event is held on the Georgia Southern campus, Mr. Naylor said. The camper was hospitalized at one point, he said. The camper is now recovering at home, the school said in its release.

The state had 59 confirmed cases as of Monday, which does not include the two announced today and a case at Fort Gordon announced earlier, said Belen Moran, state health risk communicator for the Georgia Division of Public Health.

That cases would show up in southeast Georgia was not a surprise, Mr. Naylor said.

“We know it’s out there,” he said. “We were expecting it.”

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