Highly probable case of H1N1 flu virus in Van Zandt County

By Molly Reuter - bio | email

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health officials are investigating a highly probably case of the H1N1 influenza in Van Zandt County.

Vicki McAlister is the Van Zandt County public health preparedness coordinator.  She tells KLTV 7 a 52 year-old Van Zandt County man reported flu-like symptoms on April 25th and was seen by his physicians.  He visited a doctor's office in Chandler.  The doctors performed a rapid flu test two days later.  The clinic staff treating the individual was given antivirals as a precaution.

Officials with the Northeast Texas Public Health District say the clinical swab was sent to the state lab for testing.  Health officials say it was found to be an isolated case and that the necessary tests and precautions were taken.  A clinial swab was also sent to the CDC in Atlanta.

"The exposure to others was very limited and the individual is feeling much better," said NEPHD Nurse Epidemiologist Shawn Clifford.  McAlister says the man was never hospitalized.

Officials ask East Texans to continue following precautions recommended by the CDC.

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