H1N1 confirmed in Bladen County

Posted by Debra Worley - email

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Health officials have confirmed the fist case of H1N1 in Bladen County.

According to the Bladen County Health Department, the person with the virus is recovering in isolation.

They said they are not waiting on any other H1N1 test results at this time.

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.

For additional information and the latest updates, see the ncpublichealth.com or the cdc.gov websites.

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