Child had H1N1 flu, fort says

A 7 year-old boy is the latest case of novel influenza H1N1 to be confirmed at Fort Gordon, the post announced this morning.

The boy was seen at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center on July 15, was given anti-viral medication, and sent home to recover, according to a news release. The boy is a child of a military member but it was unclear where the child actually resides.

The child is the 18th case at the post so far this year, spokeswoman Marla Jones said. The fort has contingency plans to isolate sick personnel should the need arise but those plans are not in effect, she said.

“We would have to have a large number of cases that the hospital couldn’t handle,” Ms. Jones said.

As with most of the military samples, the tests are being confirmed in the laboratory of the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. The state of Georgia, which is only testing severely ill and hospitalized patients suspected of having the new virus, has seen 178 confirmed cases as of last week, with one confirmed death. South Carolina has had 228 lab-confirmed cases as of July 10, including 13 in Aiken County.

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