A 15-year-old girl is Barrow County's first reported case of the newly declared pandemic virus – novel influenza A (H1N1), popularly known as "swine flu."
“The District Health Office has confirmed a case of H1N1 flu in Barrow County,” states a July 3 e-mail announcement from Barrow County EMA Director Jimmy Terrell.
“The victim is a 15-year old female who has practically recovered. The sample was drawn June 23rd and confirmed yesterday.”
Terrell said there is no cause for widespread concern at this time, though caution is warranted.
“We do need to remain alert and to monitor our personal health, that of our family, our workforce and our friends,” the e-mail states.
Terrell has scheduled a meeting of the Barrow County Pandemic Flu Committee for 9 a.m. July 16th in the training room of the county administrative annex at 233 East Broad St.
“Unlike a seasonal flu, the H1N1 seems to be hanging around, and Public Health's big concern is the fall,” Terrell wrote. “We could see the same virus we are combating now or a mutation.”