Georgia has confirmed its second case of swine flu, and it's the first case involving a state resident rather than a visitor, health officials said today.
Lab tests confirmed that a 14-year-old student attending Eagle's Landing Christian Academy in Henry County has the novel H1N1 virus commonly called swine flu. The school is suspending classes for 14 days to prevent further infection.
Besides that confirmed case, the state has three more probable cases: a 3-year-old Cobb County boy, an 8-year-old girl in Clayton County, and a pregnant 36-year-old DeKalb County woman who appears to have recovered without taking antiviral medication, which she declined because of her pregnancy.
None of the patients had to be hospitalized, state officials said. The teenager, 3-year-old and 8-year-old are recovering at home.
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Authorities said Georgia still had 159 samples from possible flu patients in need of testing, and so far had sent five to the federal Centers for Disease Control, two of which were confirmed to be H1N1.
The other confirmed case is a 30-year-old Kentucky woman who came here for a wedding and was hospitalized in LaGrange. State health officials said so far only one person with whom she had contact has shown flu-like symptoms, but tested negative for the virus.
They said the 3-year-old had contact with an ill passenger on an airplane, and the 8-year-old had been in school in Mexico and had just been brought to Georgia. The teenager has a sister, 12, who recently had been ill, but neither sibling had been traveling. Authorities said a group from their school recently returned from a trip to Panama, possibly picking up the virus.
It wasn't clear where the 36-year-old woman might have got the illness.
In Alabama, where an Auburn boy last week was suspected of having the H1N1 virus, East Alabama Medical Center spokesman John Atkinson said results of testing for the disease still were not available. The boy attended Auburn City Schools, which opened as usual today.