First NC school closes for probable case of H1N1

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - North Carolina had its first confirmed case of the H1N1 virus in Onslow County over the weekend.

State officials would not identify the patient with the flu, but said the person had recently been on a trip to San Antonio, Texas.

Perdue released word of the confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at a news conference in Raleigh Sunday.  She said everything is being done to keep the virus contained.

"While I am concerned about the first confirmed case of the 2009 H1N1 flu in North Carolina, I am confident in the ability of our public health professionals to handle the situation," said Senator Richard Burr in a statement. "They are taking responsible and appropriate action at the state and national level to limit the spread of the outbreak and treat those who are sick."

Senator Burr reminds all NC residents to take the proper precautions to make sure they do all they can to reduce their risk of catching the virus.

Arthur Edwards Elementary School in Havelock, near New Bern, is the first NC school to close because of a probable case of H1N1.

The year round school will be closed for seven days while the school's head custodian works to disinfect the building.

Arthur Edwards serves both Havelock and Cherry Point.  There are five probable cases of swine flu in Craven County, all connected to Cherry Point.

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