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State Health Officials Address Washoe County Swine Flu Case

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Kellene Stockwell
Channel 2 News

Health officials say they're 'actively at work' addressing the first confirmed case of swine flu in Washoe County.

During a live press conference, county epidemiologist Dr. Randall Todd said the young girl's influenza first appeared similiar to the common seasonal flu, but that once the sample was sent to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, it tested positive for the swine flu.

Dr. Todd said the girl is being treating with the prescription anti-viral medicine Tamiflu which only treats the virus, it does not prevent it. Currently, there is no known vaccine for this new strain of flu.

The girl went to Saint Mary's Hospital on Sunday where a swab was taken then let go. She's said to be doing fine.  

He went on to say that the unidentifed two-year-old girl attends daycare and that they are talking with those representatives now on how they should handle this new case.

Dr. Todd said it appears the girl got the swine flu from human-to-human contact. Parents have been notified if their child goes to the affected daycare. Health officials have not shut it down and they are evaluating those children.

Dr. Todd cautioned there could be additional cases.

Officials say another family member also is ill and that they are trying to determine how the child contracted the illness. They say there was no immediate link to Mexico, where the virus was first detected, or any other places it has been reported.

A CDC spokeswoman in Atlanta says Nevada joins Arizona, Indiana and Ohio with newly confirmed swine flu cases.

She says that brings the total number of cases in the U.S. to 91 in 10 states, including a child who died in Texas.

Health officials say there is still no need for panic or undue concern over the swine flu. They do urge everyone to keep using the same precautions they have been talking about all week - wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, cough or sneeze into your elbow and stay home from work or school if you are sick.

Health officials also added that the swine flu cannot be transmitted from humans to dogs and cats. The virus also cannot be transmitted via fruit or vegetables that come here from Mexico because the virus doesn't stay alive outside of a person for that long.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

Watch Channel 2 News at 6:30pm for the latest on this case and other national/international developments.

You can also go to ktvn.com for updates throughout the day.

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