Swine Flu Case Confirmed in Connecticut, More Probable

By LeAnne Gendreau
|  Thursday, May 14, 2009  |  Updated 2:52 PM EDT
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Swine Flu Scare Closes East Haddam Schools

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People wearing protective face masks ride in a bus as it passes in front of the National Institute of Respiratory Illnesses in Mexico City, Monday, April 27, 2009. A fatal strain of swine flu has been detected in Mexico while the virus has been confirmed or suspected in at least a half-dozen other countries. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

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A Stratford resident has become the first person to test positive for the swine flu in Connecticut, says Gov. M. Jodi Rell's office.

"This is news we had anticipated," Rell said.

This case was one of the first two 'probable' cases.  Results from the second sample were "inconclusive" and will undergo more testing.

Also Friday, another person - this time an adult from Fairfield - has been identified as having a probable case of the swine flu. 

The number of probable cases remains unchanged Friday at six. 

The state Department of Health Thursday identified two Fairfield University students and an adult from Glastonbury as probable for swine flu.  Yale University's health service is treating four students who live off-campus for a flu-like illness. Samples are being tested.  A student at Quinnipiac University is also being tested.

Neither one of the Fairfield students reported recent travel but testing done at the state laboratory determined that the students do not have regular seasonal influenza viruses Gov. M. Jodi Rell said Thursday. Those samples have gone to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test for swine flu.

No one in the state has been hospitalized for illnesses.

The Department of Health is still awaiting results from the CDC to confirm if the three probable cases announced previously are swine flu. There are no confirmed cases in Connecticut.

Other probable cases include an adult in Stratford and an adult in Southbury, both of whom recently traveled to Mexico, Rell said Tuesday. The other case is in Middlefield, where a child is taking medication and improving, Dr. Matthew Huddleston, health director for Middlefield, said earlier this week.

Some school districts remain closed Friday because of additional possible cases.

  • Wells Road School in Granby is closed Friday.
  • Vernon Public Schools are closed Friday.
  • Rotella School in Waterbury are closed Friday.

You can check current closings on this website.



 
Vernon schools are closed because a staff member tested positive for the flu.  A sample was sent off for further testing.

The Wells Road School in Granby is closed because a student became sick after returning from a trip to Cancun, Mexico, according to Alan Addley, superintendent of schools.

Rotella Magnet school in Waterbury will be closed Friday after a girl who visited Mexico on a cruise reported feeling ill, according to theRepublican-American of Waterbury.

East Haddam and Wethersfield schools are reopen Friday after test results for possible cases in those towns came back negative.

The first swine flu death in the United States was confirmed Wednesday, a 23-month-old child from Mexico who died in Texas. 

The World Health Organization Wednesday raised the pandemic alert toPhase 5, which means "widespread human infection." 

The state Department of Public Health has established a panel of infectious disease experts and has reached out to emergency rooms and doctors across the state to step up monitoring of flu-like symptoms.

"It's just a matter of time before we all have travel related cases that are confirmed and we soon will be moving past this stage. Right now we're focused on travel-related cases, but the real issue will be when we start to see community transmission," Carter said.

At some airports, handouts are given to travelers warning them they could have been exposed to the virus during their travels. It includes a 7-day checklist for people to record their body temperature and steps to take to protect themselves and others.

Rell has ordered 134,000 doses of anti-viral medicine like Tamiflu to combat the virus and Meriden-based Protein Sciences is working on a vaccine.

To protect yourself, wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth at all times.

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney has created a swine flu preparedness page on his website and he plans to make frequent updates.
 

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