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N.C. now has nine confirmed cases of 'swine flu'

Posted May 8, 2009

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— North Carolina public health officials said Friday there have been nine confirmed cases of the so-called swine flu in the state.

The number is up two from Tuesday. Five of the cases are in Craven County, two are in Onslow County and two are in Carteret County, officials said.

There are no probable cases under investigation, and a DHHS representative said tests on a suspected case in Wake County returned negative results.

As of Friday, 1,639 cases of the novel H1N1 influenza virus has shown up in 43 states and caused two deaths in Texas, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The latest North Carolina cases were not included in those numbers.

The World Health Organization was reporting Friday afternoon 2,500 cases of the virus in 25 countries.

Health officials told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that they are in a good position to quickly produce a vaccine if the flu takes a turn for the worse.

At the same time, the officials cautioned members of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee that there are still elements of what they called the virus that they don't understand, and it was not time for complacency.

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  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy May 11, 2009

    Sure hope the HOMELAND security secretary can find another "crisis" as big as this one to work on!!!!!!

  • time4real May 8, 2009

    yeah, but the difference is between now and 1918, we don't have Fox News and WRAL wearing us out! Oh, and we have technology too!

  • happymom May 8, 2009

    Who cares?

    We all should care. Shine's point is well taken. The pandemic flu of 1918 was an h1n1 type. Plus, influenza mutates quickly and can pick any dna lying around in a cell in which it replicates. This means that it wouldn't take much for this (at the moment) relatively benign flu to something that could devastate the country.

  • time4real May 8, 2009

    oink, oink, WHO CARES!

  • shine May 8, 2009

    They can produce a vacine - and are - but this strain is different than something that may work with a vacine currently available. If the virus mutates it can jump from HlN1 to a deritave strain between that and H5N1 (or Bird Flu). There are precautions that need to be made if the virus mutates. At that point it may be the current vacine known as Tamiflu will not work against the current virus they are expecting.

  • TeresaBee May 8, 2009

    I am surprised with RDU airport right here that there are no cases in Wake or Durham counties.

  • meh2 May 8, 2009

    Oh good, swine flu is now in quotes. "Swine flu" looks much better that way.

  • SingleLensReflex.SLR May 8, 2009

    "in a position to quickly produce a vaccine" ? uh, so produce the vaccine already !