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.

For more information log on to www.movhd.com.
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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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  • by Me Location: ohio on Jun 12, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    I am so tired of seeing comments saying that everyone is panicing and that this is nothing to worry about. I am a mother of 3 and 2 of my children have asthma, so yes, I am worried. What kind of parent wouldn't be worried?
  • by Edison Grandmother on Jun 11, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    Why should The Healthe Dept release the location of the kids with H1N1??Is'nt that an invasion of Privacey??What if it was reversed would these people want this for their kids? People don't blame the kids.. They are not doing anything wrong..There has been alot of diseases around for years..There is a cure for this flu..SO GROW UP
  • by debbie Location: edison on Jun 11, 2009 at 07:13 PM
    to"original" edison parent do you want a cookie or what? whats your deal?
  • by Bessie Location: Parkersburg on Jun 11, 2009 at 04:22 PM
    While I completely understand the frustration of parents who have sick children, it wouldn't have done any good to close the school after the confirmation of the H1N1 case at Edison - think about it people! The other children had already been exposed. There is an incubation period involved and by the time the confirmation result was available, exposure for the other kids was a done deal.
  • by The "Original" Edison Parent Location: Parkersburg on Jun 11, 2009 at 01:50 PM
    To clear up any misunderstandings I have copied and pasted a clip from the World Health Organization...I think someone previously stated that I was an "idiot" for calling this and epidemic, well obviously I was wrong, it is a PANDEMIC! This is a world wide problem, not necessarily because of the symptoms, but because it is spreading out of control. So to those that choose to believe that this is a minor problem that can be easily fixed, think again! The World Health Organization declared a global H1N1 flu pandemic. A Phase Six pandemic declaration is based on the sustained worldwide spread of H1N1, not the severity of illness caused by the virus. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano stated that the declaration was expected and reaffirmed that the departments are already doing the things needed to keep the public as safe and secure as possible.
  • by The "Original" Edison Parent Location: Parkersburg on Jun 11, 2009 at 01:18 PM
    I would just like to state the fact that I am not on here to start rumors or gossip. Originally when I was on here stating that I knew the child from Edison with the CONFIRMED case of Swine Flu, some people wanted to argue that there were NO confirmed cases at all. Obviously that has all been put to rest, I was correct in the statements that I made. But what really just cracks me up is the parents that were on here saying, "Just wash your hands, cover your cough, that is all it takes", and now their children have it! Wow, so it is really NOT as easy as you made it sound is it?
  • by The "Original" Edison Parent Location: Parkersburg on Jun 11, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    Sadly enough, I along with several other concerned parents were right, more CONFIRMED cases of Swine Flu. I agree that the symptoms may not be life threatening to some, but CAN be for others. Think about the children and adults with severe health problems, the elderly, or babies. So to say that since your family recovered from it quickly and easily is not to say that everyone else's family will as well. And I agree that the symptoms are quite similiar to the "regular seasonal flu", BUT has anyone seen a "minor flu virus" travel across the United States so quickly? My family has so far avoided becoming ill, even after the first confirmed case at Edison was my daughter's best friend and had spent the night at our house only one day before she was tested and confirmed, but that does not mean I am still not concerned for my family as well as others. Be thankful that your child recovered quickly, but please do not talk down to the parents that are still very concerned for their children.
  • by Worried for Humanity Location: MOV on Jun 11, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    Thank you James for the Flu Traker information. This is exactly why we should take this seriously...to extinguish it now, while we still can. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  • by Fearing for Humanity Location: Mid Ohio Valley on Jun 11, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    Thank you James for the Flu Traker information. This is exactly why we should take this seriously...to extinguish it now, while we still can. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  • by Lisa Location: Parkersburg on Jun 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    Yes, kids are everywhere now that school is out. My gripe is that the Board decided not to close Edison the last few days. It should have been closed as soon as the first case from Edison was confirmed. The germs were there, the exposed were walking around spreading the illness, etc. IF they had used common sense about one matter they should have shut the school down and kept them away from each other.
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