Posted by Debra Worley - email
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Two more cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed in Brunswick County.
According to the health department, the patients have been treated and asked to voluntarily stay home for seven days.
"We know the H1N1 virus is in our area," said Health Director Don Yousey. "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."
The North Carolina Division of Public Health's epidemiologist reports the influenza surveillance data indicates that H1N1 has become the predominant strain circulating in North Carolina.
The state lab has limited testing 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.
Anyone experiencing symptoms is asked to not go into public for seven days.