Mississippi Has First Swine Flu Cases Identified

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Department of Health says the first swine flu cases have been identified in the state.

State health officer, Dr. Ed Thompson, said the state's first three cases of swine flu have been identified in Harrison County, but the patients have recovered from the illness.

Thompson said the three were a woman, man and a child under the age of 1. They were unrelated and lived in different households. He said none had a history of travel to Mexico. The onset of the illness in all cases occurred in early May.

“This is no time to panic; instead, it is a time to be cautious and mindful of good health practices with which you and your families are already familiar," said Gov. Haley Barbour. "The state Department of Health is on top of the situation in Mississippi and will continue to monitor and issue guidance as necessary. I encourage all Mississippians to stay alert for additional information.”

Mississippi has had more cases of regular influenza for this time of year, which has been the case across the country.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47 U.S. states, including the District of Columbia, have a combined 4,714 confirmed and probable cases. Most probable cases end up being confirmed.

Texas health officials said a 33-year-old Corpus Christi man died of swine flu this month. A Corpus Christi-Nueces County health official said the man had pre-existing medical conditions, including heart problems, that made it more difficult for him to survive any viral illness.

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