Oak Creek has its first confirmed case of swine flu

May 8, 2009

The Oak Creek Health Department is now investigating its first confirmed case of swine flu.

Judith Price, community public health officer, said today that the state has confirmed the results of what was identified as a probable case on Wednesday.

The Health Department is conducting a full investigation, Price said, which includes reviewing the person’s symptoms, contacting household members and obtaining detailed information on where the person has been and who they have been in contact with.

Price declined to release any further information on the individual.

Meanwhile, South Milwaukee health officials say an adult who chaperoned a post-prom event at that high school on May 2 has a probable case of the swine flu. It appears that person is not from South Milwaukee, but Price would not comment on whether there was a connection between that incident and Oak Creek's confirmed case.

Others in Oak Creek also have been tested for the virus, but results have turned up negative, she said.

People exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and, in some cases, vomiting or diarrhea, should contact their health care providers, Price said. Frequent hand-washing and covering coughs and sneezes is also important to prevent the spread of illness.

Information is constantly changing as more is learned about the virus, Price said. Residents can visit the Oak Creek Health Department Web site for information.

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