Posted by Debra Worley - email
BRUNSWICK COUTNY, NC (WECT) - The Brunswick County Health Department has confirmed the first case of the H1N1 virus in an adult.
The person has been treated and has been asked to stay home for seven days.
"We know the H1N1 virus is in our area," said health director Don Yousey in a statement. "Seasonal flu is almost over so we will assume any person with flu like symptoms has H1N1. There really is no need to test. The treatment is the same no matter which strain."
According to the health department, H1N1 has become the predominant strain of influenza circulating in the state.
The state lab will now limit testing of the strain to persons who are hospitalized or medically high risk.
Influenza-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea or vomiting associated with this virus.
Medication has been given to each health department and is being dispensed to persons who can not afford the medication.
"We want to make sure that anyone who is sick will be treated regardless of ability to pay", said Yousey in a statement. "The last thing we want is to have medicine go out of date on our shelves while citizens need help."
Even though school is out for the summer, people who experience flu like symptoms are encouraged to stay away from public places.