Grays Harbor received confirmation of its first report of A/SWH1 - or "swine flu" - late Wednesday. The 14-year-old Hoquiam resident was ill in early May and has since recovered. The child was tested by a local physician and it took about one week for the test results to be confirmed.
The child was kept out of school during most of the illness, which will help decrease the risk of exposure. "There is no need to close schools at this point ," said Dr. John Bausher, local health officer. "This continues to be a mild illness, like regular influenza, and we do not close schools for that. Parents of all school aged children are advised to keep children home if they have a fever or other signs of illness."
Local health officials stress that this case report was very much expected. New counties have been added to the map of known places for the new flu in recent days, as the state's count has risen. To date, the state lab has received 1651 samples and tested 1312. Of these, 493 have been positive. The virus has been reported in 15 counties, counting Grays Harbor, but the number of counties are expected to increase, as samples are submitted from around the state. The majority of cases have been in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties.