The Mississippi Department of Health says a case of the Swine Flu has been found in Lauderdale County, the first such case in East Mississippi. It gave no details about the identity or the condition of the victim.
It was one of 18 new swine flu cases that have been confirmed this week in Mississippi. The Department of Health said in a Friday news release that the state's total number of cases is now 26.
Seven of the new cases are in Jackson County. Harrison County has six and Lamar County has two. There was one new case each in Forrest, Union and Lauderdale counties.
State epidemiologist Dr. Mary Currier said swine flu responds well to anti-viral medications, but children, the elderly, pregnant women and the chronically ill may be at higher risk for complications.