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Iowan gets swine flu

by 5m Editor
8 January 2007, at 10:17am

IOWA - An eastern Iowan has tested positive for a swine flu, a disease which rarely jumps from pigs to humans, but state health officials said there is no cause for alarm.

Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the state's epidemiologist, said the case was detected when the patient gave a routine throat swab after coming down with flu symptoms. The sample was sent for lab tests, which confirmed the swine flu diagnosis.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the results of the test taken in November.

Quinlisk said because of health privacy laws, she could not divulge the name, gender, age or specific location of the patient.

Quinlisk said the patient was not hospitalized and has since recovered. She said there was no evidence the virus has spread person to person.

Source: Sioux City Journal

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