12-year-old swine flu patient speaks from isolation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

12-year-old swine flu patient speaks from isolation

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Aaron McIntyre of Southaven isn't exactly a boy in a bubble, but the 12-year-old Southaven resident is in isolation after coming down with the H1N1 virus Sunday morning.
    
"It was about three in the morning. I started coughing, had a headache, dry mouth and stuff," he said.
    
His family rushed him to the local Methodist Hospital Minor Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with swine flu.
    
Aaron spoke with Action News 5 via cell phone Wednesday as he stood in front of his family's living room window. 

He probably contracted the virus during a sleepover with a friend who became sick days later, his family said.
         
Aaron will be absent from DeSoto Middle School until Monday, at least. Meanwhile, his entire family is taking Tamiflu.
    
"We take it once a day for 10 days, and he takes it twice a day for five days," said dad Ricky McIntyre.
    
So far, no one else in the house has suffered symptoms, but Aaron's father was told not to come to work until his son is better.
    
"We are cleaning with Clorox and Lysol daily, and using disposable cups and things like that," said Ricky McIntyre. "And everything he uses, we throw away."
    
The death this week of Memphis middle school student Michael Howse did nothing to ease the family's fears.
    
"We're taking it very seriously," Aaron's father said. "Just thinking a kid could die from the sickness just makes you shiver."
    
Wearing a surgical mask like Aaron's is one of the things experts recommend swine flu patients do to keep the virus from spreading.

Many minor medical centers have extended their hours to handle the current influx of people dealing with flu-like symptoms.

 

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