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July 20, 2009

First confirmed cases of swine flu in Cullman

After more than three months of spreading across the state, Cullman County now has its first confirmed cases of novel H1N1 influenza — aka swine flu.

Sondra Nassetta, with the Alabama Department of Public Health, said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed two cases of swine flu in Cullman County.

“That has been confirmed,” she said.

Nassetta said the CDC and health department are monitoring the situation, though it is not being as actively pursued as it was in June.

“The state has and will continue to monitor the situation,” she said. “But now, we’re really not investigating every case like we were in the beginning.”

With 469 cases already confirmed across the state, Nassetta said it was only a matter of time until Cullman was affected.

“We know it has already spread throughout Alabama,” she said. “I’m not too surprised we have it in Cullman now.”

One of the local cases were discovered by Dr. Tom Oliver, who is based out of Heritage Plaza.

“The CDC was predicting an outbreak, so our antennas have been up to check for it,” he said.

Oliver said the patient, an adult male from Cullman, is already making a full recovery.

“We had a guy come through with symptoms on July 5, so we checked him and sent it to the health department, who sent it to the CDC for confirmation,” he said. “He has been treated and is doing fine.”

Though the swine flu is a threat, Oliver said he doesn’t consider it much more dangerous than the regular flu.

“I don’t think it is much worse, in my opinion,” he said. “I think the issue is people missing it ... and not getting treatment quickly.”

Oliver said people can take some basic precautions to avoid catching or spreading swine flu.

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