'Probable' swine flu case found

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Mom speaks after 4-year-old diagnosed

By Geoff Hamill

A disease that has attracted the attention of the world in recent weeks may have been discovered in Washington County.

The Lincoln Trail District Health Department Monday released a statement indicating that it had been made aware of a “probable case” of H1N1, also known as the swine flu.

The case, which is the first in Washington County, relates to a 4-year-old child, according to the Kentucky Department of Public Health. The DPH continued to test the case on Monday to determine more, and the investigation continued at press time. The child had not required hospitalization.

The child’s mother, speaking on conditions of anonymity, said her son became sick on Sunday, May 3. She took him  to the doctor on Monday, May 4, and he was diagnosed with type A flu.

“They tested him, and said it was Type A flu, and they were sending everybody who had the flu to be tested for swine flu,” she said. “Then Sunday (May 10) I got the call, and they said he is a probable case of swine flu. They told me that 98 percent of the probable cases get confirmed.”

The mother said her son had shown flu-like symptoms, including fever and aching all over, including in his arms and legs. She said his fever was over 102 when she took him to the doctor.


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