Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Nixon: First Case of Missouri Swine Flu in Platte Co.

Governor Jay Nixon said late Wednesday that Missouri's first probable case of swine flu (H1N1) has appeared in Platte County.
Nixon said it was discovered Wednesday afternoon during lab tests on specimens sent to the state health lab. The Centers for Disease Control will now test the sample over the next two days to make a final confirmation. State officials call the case "a concern," but not a "cause for alarm." They say they are working to determine who might have been exposed before the patient showed symptoms. The patient is being asked to remain at home until 7 days after the symptoms subside.

"Since the first case was reported in the U.S., we have prepared for the possibility that the disease would reach Missouri," Nixon said. "Now that a probable case has been found here we are moving quickly to send anti-viral medications to the community and taking all appropriate steps to treat the problem and prevent its spread. The most important thing we can do is make Missourians aware of the state’s response, of the best practices for avoidance of swine flu and facts about how the disease is treated. We want everyone to know how to keep themselves healthy and that the effects of a positive test will be controlled," Nixon added.

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