Marin, Sonoma wind down H1N1 operations

May 8, 2009 1:38:25 PM PDT
Marin County officials are demobilizing an operations center for the H1N1 flu virus this afternoon and Sonoma County health officials are discontinuing enhanced surveillance testing for the virus.

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Testing will be limited to people who require hospitalization, are at high risk for severe disease complications, and are direct health care providers with influenza-like illness, Sonoma County Deputy Public Health Officer Dr. Mark Netherda said.

Sonoma County had one confirmed and one probable case of H1N1 flu as of Thursday - two girls from the same extended family who had traveled to Mexico.

Officials with Marin County's Department of Health and Human Services said there are five confirmed cases. All five people have recovered. The latest case was a 27-year-old wife of a 35-year-old Novato man who was reported last week as a probable case.

Solano County health officials announced two new probable cases of H1N1 flu Thursday, bringing the number of probable cases to three. The new probable cases are a 4-year-old Fairfield girl and a 16-year-old Suisun City girl.

Both cases were mild and the two girls have nearly fully recovered, Solano County Public Health Officer Dr. Ronald W. Chapman said.

Ronald Owens, spokesman for the California Department of Public Health, said the decision to demobilize flu operations centers is up to the counties.

"The state is not issuing any demobilization orders and our joint information and operations center is still in operation," Owens said this morning.

There were 128 confirmed H1N1 flu cases and 209 probable cases in California on Thursday, Owens said.

As of this morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 1,639 cases of the virus in 43 states.

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