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UPDATE: 36 H1N1 Flu Cases in Wood County, One is Ohio resident

By: Phillip Hickman, Leslie Cebula Email
By: Phillip Hickman, Leslie Cebula Email

Updated 5:31 p.m. 6/11/09

Dr. Sherif Ibrahim, regional epidemiologist of the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, said there are 36 confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu in Wood County.

Dr. Ibrahim said 35 cases are Wood County residents and one is an Ohio resident. Dr. Ibrahim could not confirm or deny whether or not this resident is the one confirmed case in Washington County.

Washington County Health officials announced Thursday a 12-year old boy who lives in Belpre is the first confirmed case in the county. Dr. Kathleen Meckstroth of the Washington County Health Department said the boy is a relative of one of the Parkersburg people with the H1N1 flu.

She said the boy is recovering at home.

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Updated 12 p.m. 6/11/09
The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department announced Thursday morning that there are seven more confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu in Wood County.

This brings the total number of confirmed swine flu cases to 35.

Regional epidemiologist, Sherif Ibrahim, MD., MPH, said the seven new confirmed cases are five teens and two children under 10. He said at this time health officials are tracking a link to all of the cases. According to Ibrahim, initial findings show the first cases were from exposure to the virus from neighboring states and then these people transmitted it within the stae.

Ibrahim said in total there are 28 teens, four adults, and three kids under 10 who have the H1N1 flu in Wood County.

He said there have been no reports of hospitalization so far.

Washington County Health Department officials say there have been no reports of suspected or confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu in Washington County.

Again health officials urge people to take the health precautions we've all heard of like washing your hands and also to stay home if you're sick.

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The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department announced Wednesday afternoon that state health officials have confirmed 17 new cases of H1N1 flu in Wood County.

The 17 new cases include 13 children between the ages of 11 and 14. The new cases also include a child under 11 years of age and three adults.

There are now 28 total confirmed cases in Wood County.

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