H1N1 (swine flu) virus update from WVU Hospitals

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –The H1N1 virus associated with what is commonly termed swine flu has not caused any diagnosed cases at West Virginia University Healthcare clinics or hospitals. Patients exhibiting possible flu symptoms have been tested, and H1N1 has been ruled out.

The West Virginia State Bureau of Public Health reports no cases of swine flu in the state as of Friday, May 1.  However, state health officer Cathy Slemp, M.D., appearing on the West Virginia Public Television show “Doctors On Call” Thursday evening, said they expect to see cases soon.

WVU Healthcare has created a website to keep the public informed, with links to the state and national health sites, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The site also has a YouTube link to last night’s  “Doctors On Call” program, which featured  WVU infectious disease specialist Melanie Fisher, in addition to Dr. Slemp.

For updates and links from WVU Hospitals see www.WVUHealthAlert.com.

For information on the outbreak from the CDC see http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/.





For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
Ab/aj: 5-1-09

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