An Auburn boy hospitalized overnight last week at Opelika's East Alabama Medical Center did not have the novel H1N1 virus commonly called "swine flu," hospital spokesman John Atkinson said today.
Atkinson said samples sent to the Alabama Department of Public Health tested negative for H1N1. The boy had tested positive for Influenza A, the same family of flu virus as H1N1, so he had the more common seasonal flu.
Showing flu symptoms, the boy was kept overnight Thursday at the medical center because he had become dehydrated from vomiting, Atkinson said. State health officials said last week that patients with swine flu seemed more susceptible to diarrhea and vomiting than those with seasonal flu, but they noted also that cases of the more common flu still were showing up, though the flu season is ending.
Atkinson said that on Monday the medical center lifted restrictions it had instituted to safeguard hospital patients. It had said that only immediate family members age 13 or older could visit patients, and no visitors with flu-like symptoms could come in.