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Cases of H1N1 in N.C. top 100

Posted June 17, 2009

— There are more than 100 cases of the H1N1 virus sprinkled across North Carolina, largely in the eastern half of the state, according to an update released Wednesday by the state Department of Health.

The state ceased daily updates on the virus last week, opting instead for a weekly posting on the Internet.

Wednesday's update showed the greatest number of cases in Wake (18), Orange (13) and Johnston (11) counties. No other county had more than nine cases.

"We're now at the point where we are telling clinicians if they see flu-like illness, fever, cough, sore throat, that they should consider that to be H1N1 and act accordingly," said Dr. Megan Davies, with the N.C. Department of Health.

Health officials say people in high-risk groups, such as children under age five, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions, need to be extra careful and see a doctor if they feel sick.

Ways you can help prevent the transmission of the H1N1 virus are:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Stay at home if you are sick

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.
Like seasonal flu, the H1N1 virus can vary in severity from mild to severe. This strain of influenza appears to be milder than the seasonal influenza.


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  • beachluver Jun 18, 2009


    I work in Public Health and understand there are different strains of flu, that each is treated differently, that alot was unknown about this flu in the beginning, and that this could mutate, but the mutation is more than likely going to happen in the Southern Hemisphere which is why all eyes are there right now!

    As for Novel A H1N1 flu in North America, apparently you have not been reading the information on the CDC or NC Public Health website. The CDC's recommendation to providers is to use the same treatment just like seasonal flu. NC is following the CDC's guidance on testing, treatment, and reporting - as many other states are.

  • shine Jun 17, 2009

    Doesn't quite work that way. There are A,B,C strains of influenza. The B is more noted for 'common' flue although there is an A strain that is also. H1N1 is not a typical influenza and has the opportunity to mutate and become resistant to any vacine that it is developed around. Not the same.

    For instance if it should mutate with H5N1 --- then plain and simple people will just begin to die more especially if it is airborne.

  • beachluver Jun 17, 2009

    Honestly! What difference does it make how many "confirmed" cases there are in NC? Either way, if it looks like the flu, sounds like the flu, feels like the flu...it is probably the flu and will be treated the same as seasonal flu. Currently, Novel A H1N1 is the dominant strain of flu circulating at this time, so why waste money to do tests that will not make any difference in the treatment plan at all! If you compare this flu virus with the seasonal flu viruses, you will see the incident rate and death rate are far less than seasonal flu. People, please just use common sense!!!!! Treat this the way you would treat seasonal flu...and nothing more.

  • romex Jun 17, 2009

    thay will treet you with no insurance only if you are illeagl that is the way it works are you kidding me

  • shine Jun 17, 2009

    There is alot unreported because some have no insurance and can't afford to go to the Dr. Some hospitals are private and will not treat unisured people. If there are some here illegally, most are afraid that immigration will step in.

    There are a ton of unreported cases.... Remember this is NOT the flu season.

  • thewayitis Jun 17, 2009

    These numbers are way under-reported, because they are not testing for swine flu anymore, except in certain locations. In reality, there are thousands of cases of swine flu in NC, they're just not confirmed, because people don't even have the option of confirming anymore. My son tested positive for Type A flu this past weekend, but the doctor said the state is not even testing for swine flu anymore. From what I hear, there is a lot of flu going around. I wish that the true numbers were required to be reported, because the 100 mentioned in this article are just the tip of the iceberg.

  • 27615 Jun 17, 2009

    wow over 100........please