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Health officials prepare for swine flu in NC

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Health officials and emergency workers are preparing the area for any flu cases that may show up here.

There haven't been any confirmed cases of the Swine Flu (H1N1) in North Carolina just yet, but officials are already taking precautions.

In Brunswick County, 911 operators are now required to ask more in-depth questions responding to sick calls.

"We have additional questions that deal with travel and any type of visitation that may have occurred with anyone who has traveled abroad," said Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson.

The staff at Dosher Memorial Hospital are on high alert as well.

"We do have isolation capabilities and we have proper masks and other types of protective equipment we would need to protect ourselves and our patients," said Dr. Sherry Ikalowych.

Ikalowych said many residents have called the hospital asking questions about swine flu, but no patient has had any of the symptoms.

"We've had patients with pneumonia and upper respiratory infections," said Ikalowych.  "I don't think anyone has asked me if its the swine flu yet. We haven't seen anything consistent with that."

You can chat with a health expert live on the health page of WECT.com until 7:00 Thursday evening.  After 7:00 you will still be able to see the recorded interview to answer questions you may have about the flu.

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