Lucas County testing for first H1N1 (swine) flu case

Lucas County Health Commissoner David Grossman says a middle-aged male is being tested for H1N1 flu in Lucas County.
Lucas County Health Commissoner David Grossman says a middle-aged male is being tested for H1N1 flu in Lucas County.

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LUCAS COUNTY (WTOL) - There are no confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu, formerly called swine flu, in Lucas County. By Monday, we may know if the county has it's first confirmed case.

Lucas County Health Commissioner David Grossman says a middle-aged male could be the first case of H1N1 flu in Lucas County.

On Thursday, April 30 reports showed two potential cases. Since then, one case has been dropped. Dr. Grossman says, other than just being sick, there are other considerations before a patient will be considered a highly suspect case.

"There was a case that was accepted because it fulfilled the criteria that had been in an endemic area, and he was sick. That gets it accepted, so that makes it a suspect case. But we need to wait and see what it shows," said Grossman.

Doctors say the male patient was near the Mexican border for work. Right now, the patient is at home, and doctors says he is doing fine.

Dr. Grossman says, as of right now, that is the only probable case in Lucas County. He does suspect the number of confirmed cases across the country to continue to rise.

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