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Perdue says N.C. prepared for H1N1 virus

Posted May 4, 2009

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— Gov. Bev Perdue assured North Carolinians that the state is prepared for the H1N1 outbreak after receiving confirmation that one person has the virus known as the swine flu.

"Let me reassure all of you that North Carolina is as prepared, and some of us believe, more prepared, than any state in the country," Perdue said Sunday. "We have had an emergency center up and running for more than a week in case this day came, and here it is."

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a resident of Onslow County who recently traveled to Texas has the disease.

Perdue said everyone who has been in contact with the patient are following CDC isolation guidelines, as is the patient. No secondary cases have been reported so far.

The governor stressed to the state's residents and visitors that they should take the necessary precautions, such as washing their hands thoroughly, covering their mouths when they sneeze or cough and stay at home if they feel sick.

State health director Dr. Jeffrey Engel would neither identify nor give any details about the patient, except to say a couple who had traveled to San Antonio acquired the disease. Engel said he didn't know when they had been there, but did say that they had been there for around five days when they picked up the flu.

Engel said the couple has been ordered into isolation for seven days after the initial manifestation of symptoms, and the spouse is a probable case awaiting CDC confirmation, possibly on Monday. Neither has been to the hospital, he said.

"None of their contacts has become ill," Engel said.

So far, the state lab has handled 413 samples and had 320 come back negative. Of those, 65 are still outstanding, Engel said.

Six cases are probable, and one test involving a traveler from Wake County is being rerun because the results were inconclusive, he said. The man was allowed to return to Canada this week after a North Carolina clinician initially suspected he only had a Canadian variant of the seasonal Type A flu, officials said.

Engel also pointed to four probable cases in Craven County, and those cases are in a cluster and are in isolation in keeping with CDC guidelines.

"The Craven (County) cluster is still under investigation, but it's likely that there was household transmission. But all of these folks are being isolated in their homes, (and) none of them are hospitalized yet,” Engel said.

The tally released Sunday by the CDC also shows 30 states now have cases of swine flu. That's up from the CDC's count of 160 confirmed cases in 21 states.

If you have questions about the H1N1 virus in North Carolina, call 800-662-7030.

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  • hywilson May 4, 2009

    You know only those who didnt vote for her can speak out about what a nitwit she is. Those who voted for her wont admit they made a HUGE mistake. I did read the other day that tens of thousands of Americans die from the regular flu. This is such a publicity stunt to take our eyes off of DC. Maybe the great Obama and his buddy Chavez created this flu while they were having lunch.

  • f6rider May 4, 2009

    We need a person leading this State who's face moves when she speaks, that way it would be a little easier to tell when she is telling the truth.

  • pbjbeach May 4, 2009

    IMPEACH BEV PERDUE OR AT LEAST RECALL HER SHE IS A DISGRACE.

  • housemanagercary May 4, 2009

    As you all bas her, Riddle Me This: How many people wanted the great Obama so badly that they voted a straight Dem ticket??

  • dws May 4, 2009

    I will say, however, that a true pandemic as my grandfather experienced in 1918 is no laughing matter. He was in Richmond, VA, and at one point was taken for dead. He recalled seeing "corpses stacked like firewood beside the railroad track" (to be transported to mass graves).

    We are fortunate that this flu strain is (apparently) not as prolific as the one in 1918 and that our medical advances offer a degree of protection.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant May 4, 2009

    God I am still amazed at how she got elected? Who were the morons that voted her in?!?

  • Commentor5 May 4, 2009

    Sorry folks - the name "Perdue" does not do anything for me except makes me think about BBQ chicken......

    WHO elected this wo-man?

  • Z Man May 4, 2009

    I'm wondering how she won the election given the large number of critical comments here. If it was only the folks on this forum voting, McCrory would have won by a landslide.

  • yankee1 May 4, 2009

    This hysteria being created across the country is simply another attempt to distract the attention from the destruction of the country in DC. Regular flu kills an average of 36,000 people a year. Seems to me the pigs are in greater danger than the people here. All you sheep, be sure to play along now!Join the panic!

  • Weaker Pelosi May 4, 2009

    Dawgdue: you will get it as soon as she takes it out of state employees pay checks in May and June.

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