1st Confirmed, 2 New Probable Cases of Swine Flu In Nebraska

By: WOWT-TV Email
By: WOWT-TV Email

Nebraska's chief medical officer says the probable case of swine flu in a man visiting from California has been confirmed. The state is also now reporting two more probable cases.

Health officials have said the confirmed case will ultimately will be reported as a California case. The CDC counts cases of infectious disease by residence, not where it was diagnosed.

The two new cases were reported in Douglas and Sarpy County. One involves a 19-year-old Missouri resident who is hospitalized in Douglas County.

The other case is a woman in her 60s from Sarpy County, who is recovering at home.

Health officials in that county say she became mildly ill following a visit to Mexico, where it was likely that she was exposed.

Those who had close contact with her are being given antiviral medications.

Tests in both the Douglas and Sarpy County cases have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation.

“This was not unexpected,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Nebraska's Chief Medical Officer. “Although we expect more cases to be confirmed, some of the probable tests may in fact be returned as negative for H1N1 by the CDC. It’s an evolving situation and we will keep the public abreast of the numbers.”

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