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    <!-- EDITORIAL: end headline area --><!-- EDITORIAL: begin body of the story, shirt-tail, trailing article tools --><!--startclickprintinclude-->Monday, April 27, 2009
    Swine flu may have reached Michigan

    Associated Press

    Lansing -- Health officials say they have located what might be Michigan's first case of swine flu.
    The state <NOBR style="FONT-SIZE: 100%; FONT-WEIGHT: normal" id=itxt_nobr_1_0>Department</NOBR> of Community Health said Monday the "probable" case involves a 34-year-old woman in Livingston County.
    Lab results will be sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine if they test positive for the virus.
    The DCH says the woman recently traveled to the Texas and Mexican border and experienced flu-like symptoms. She is recovering at home.
    The United States launched border screening Monday morning for swine flu exposure. Officials will ask people about fever and illness and look for those who are ill.
    Twenty cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the U.S.

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    Michigan SF - Suspected Cases April 26 +

    I couldn't find the other Michigan thread.

    The Michigan case has changed from suspected to probable.

    Probable Swine Flu
    Reported in Mich.

    Last Edited: Monday, 27 Apr 2009, 12:01 PM EDT
    Created On: Monday, 27 Apr 2009, 8:27 AM EDT
    • MyFOX Web Producer

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the U.S. likely has reached Michigan with the state health department announcing Monday that a 34-year-old Livingston County woman was diagnosed with a probable case of the virus.
    Department of Community Health officials in Lansing did not identify the woman or her hometown.
    The case was being monitored, and doctors across the state were being told what to look for when treating sick patients, DCH chief medical executive Greg Holzman said in a statement.
    "This probable case is not a cause for alarm, but we do want people to be cautious," he said. "It is important that people cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, and it's important to wash your hands frequently to help prevent the spreading of germs."
    Twenty cases of swine flu had been confirmed in the U.S. The deadly strain was suspected of killing 103 people in Mexico, the outbreak's epicenter.
    The Livingston County woman recently traveled to the Texas and Mexico border and experienced flu-like symptoms, the DCH said. She was recovering at home.
    Her lab results were to be sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to see if they would test positive for the virus.
    The United States launched border screening Monday morning for swine flu exposure. Officials were to ask people about fever and illness and look for those who are ill.
    The infections are spread between people. Symptoms include coughing, fever, fatigue, sore throat, chills, headaches, body aches, diarrhea and vomiting.
    Anyone with symptoms should contact a doctor, stay home and not go to work or attend school, Holzman said.
    Health officials recommend avoiding close contact with people exhibiting symptoms or who appear ill.
    Frequent hand washing also decreases the spread of the virus.
    An elementary school in Elyria, Ohio, about 85 miles southeast of Detroit, was closed for the week after lab tests confirmed a 9-year-old third-grader had the virus.
    "We are in this breathing space before it happens. We do not know how long that breathing space is going to be. But, if we are not all organizing ourselves to get ready and to take action to prepare for a pandemic, then we are squandering an opportunity for our human security"- Dr. David Nabarro


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      L'Anse Creuse High to be closed, scoured over flu fears
      Student among 16 probable H1N1 cases in Michigan

      By Megha Satyanarayana • Free Press staff writer • May 1, 2009

      Updated at 5:55 p.m.

      State health officials have found two probable cases of H1N1 flu in Macomb County.
      One of the cases involves a student at L’Anse Creuse High School, which is expected to be closed until May 11.

      County spokesman Phil Frame said they will be disinfecting the school during that time. School district spokeswoman Michelle Irwin said all activities at the school have also been canceled.

      She said should the test return from the CDC as negative, the school will reopen earlier.

      The student has taken antivirals and is healing, said Irwin. He went on a family trip to Mexico.

      The two Macomb cases join 14 others -- 10 in Ottawa County, three in Kent County, and one in Hillsdale County. All samples will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. The results won’t be back until next week.

      There are currently two confirmed cases in Michigan, one in Ottawa County and one in Livingston County. Both women are recovering at home.

      So far, the 141 American cases have mostly been mild, save one death of a toddler in Texas and CDC officials said the virus is nearly identical in six countries doing research on the virus. This will make it easier to create a good vaccine, they said.

      The state is expecting a stock of testing kits from CDC that would allow them to confirm cases in-house.

      Residents can call 2-1-1 for more information about the spread of H1N1, but at this time, health officials are reminding people that hand-washing and covering coughs with a sleeve are the best ways to prevent spread, as is staying at home if feeling ill.


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        Re: Michigan SF - Suspected Cases April 26 +

        A/Michigan/02/2009/04/26 34f
        pre-Cancun type virus

        Michigan health officials unsure how Ottawa County woman contracted swine flu
        by Pat Shellenbarger | The Grand Rapids Press
        Thursday April 30, 2009, 6:24 PM
        Now that an Ottawa County woman is the second in Michigan confirmed to have swine flu, the question is, how did she get it?
        "We may never know," said Shannon Felgner, spokeswoman for the Ottawa County Health Department. "We haven't been able to determine where she was exposed to the virus."
        The 34-year-old woman has not traveled recently to Mexico or anywhere else the virus, known as influenza type A H1N1, is prevalent, Felgner said. Her lack of travel suggests she likely contracted the illness in West Michigan by being exposed to someone who had that strain of flu and never sought treatment.
        "There was plenty of opportunity for anybody to have had swine flu, recovered and never been tested," Felgner said. "People get sick quite often and don't go to the hospital."
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