2009-05-13 / Front Page

Probable Swine Flu Case In Fulton Co.

SWINE FLU CONFIRMED– The Fulton County Health Department has confirmed a 10-year-old Wauseon area girl did in fact have swine flu.     The girl, who attends Wauseon schools, has fully recovered.     Health officials say because the girl was appropriately isolated during her illness, concerns for the community were significantly reduced.–Updated 5.14, 3:06 p.m.

Michael Oricko, Fulton County health commissioner, said Monday that a 10-year-old girl in the Wauseon school district has a probable case of swine flu.

The illness has resulted in over 100 deaths in Mexico. Public health officials have been concerned, but so far, most U.S. cases have been relatively mild.

A cautionary statement about travel to Mexico was released. Oricko said the Wauseon-area girl had not been to Mexico, but she was recently in contact with an out-of-town visitor. She became ill over the weekend.

Oricko said the girl is doing well. She has been treated, and her family has kept her out of school since becoming ill.

They have isolated the child in their home; the only contacts outside of home have been trips to seek medical care.

"They did the right things," Oricko said.

None of her family members has exhibited flu symptoms, he said.

The girl will probably return to school soon, he said.

When she began showing symptoms of her illness, tests were taken, with the specimens sent to state officials.

The test results indicated the girl had a probable case of swine flu, caused by the H1N1 virus.

Further testing to confirm the results will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga. It could take a week to get the results back, he said.

Symptoms

Fulton County Health Department officials are urging citizens to be vigilant about monitoring their health and that of their children for signs of H1N1 flu.

Symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headaches, body aches, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Those who think they may have contracted the illness are urged to stay home, except to seek medical care.

Also, those who are ill should avoid contact with others for seven days after symptoms begin, or until they have been free of symptoms for 24 hours, whichever is longer.

To avoid the illness, cover mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, wash hands often, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth, and avoid contact with sick people.

Cases

Oricko said there are seven confirmed cases of swine flu in Ohio, with four probable cases.

Nationally, there have been 2,618 confirmed cases in 44 states.

So far, there have been press reports of three swine flu-related deaths.- David Pugh

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