Two cases of swine flu in Marin County

April 29, 2009 12:02:36 AM PDT
The two cases of swine flu that Marin County officials have identified are in the same family. The family had returned from a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula. They flew through Mexico City on April 20th on their way back to Marin County where they live.

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The county public health officer confirmed there are two cases of swine flu in San Rafael and said both patients are recovering. The public health officer has been in touch with the families over the past weekend.

"Because we had some astute clinicians out there who did the early testing and reporting, we find that we are one of the first counties in Northern California to have identified these cases, but the important part here is that they're doing well," said Fred Schwartz, MD, a county health officer.

Dr. Schwartz says the two patients returned from Mexico on Monday. The next day the 60-year-old came down with symptoms and the 20-month-old got sick early Saturday morning. Family members in both houses have agreed to stay at home and so far no one are showing signs of the flu.

The county's response to the swine flu is being coordinated at the Marin County Operations Center near the Northgate Mall. About 30 people at the center are collecting information on suspected cases. They've put in order for 20,000 doses of Tamiflu.

Troy Peterson an EMS specialist with Marin County Public Health Department says besides the two cases, there are three more suspected cases that they are looking at.

"At this time we have two probable cases as well as three suspect cases. I don't know the exact cities that they're from, but I know they're from Marin," said Peterson.

They're calling the two cases in San Rafael probable cases because they have not yet been confirmed by the Center for Disease Control, but the county health officer says for all intense and purposes, we're talking about swine flu. However, that is not true for the three suspected cases or for 25 other cases in Marin County who are awaiting testing.

The latest count nationwide is 64 cases of swine flu, the vast majority of them considered mild, which is the good news.

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