First TN swine flu case confirmed - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

First TN swine flu case confirmed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Health has announced the first confirmed case of swine flu in the state.

The state health department says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed as positive the Williamson County case that had been sent there for testing late last week. That case was reported to involve a school-age child who was not seriously ill. The child is said to attend a private school near Nashville. State health department leaders are still investigating how the child contracted the virus.

At the same time, the Knox County Health Department announced a probable case of the swine flu in a 15-year-old middle school student, prompting school officials to close the student's school for one week.

The state health department says that, including the Knox County case, there are now eight probable cases of the swine flu in Tennessee. Shelby County has one probable case.

Tennessee patients are recovering from the illness with a good prognosis.    

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.        

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