HEALTH DIRECTOR: Worst May Be Over In Swine Flu

Craven County health director Scott Harrelson says he believes they may be through the worst of swine flu in his county.

Craven County has four confirmed cases of swine flu, the most in the state.

Harrelson says it's been a week since their index case came back from New York and exposed his co-workers at Cherry Point and they are not seeing any more confirmed cases. That Marine actually lives in Carteret County and is not included in the Craven County numbers.

Harrelson tells WITN News that Thursday the third of their six additional suspect cases has come back negative.

Also Thursday, Arthur Edwards Elementary School re-opened for classes. The Havelock school was ordered closed on Sunday when it was discovered a student there was a probable swine flu case.

That student later was identified as a confirmed case, but the Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday changed its guidelines for closing schools.


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  • by Bud Location: Washington on May 8, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    The worst is over? THAT was the worst it's gonna get? Gee wiz the media and government are pushing society's "fear" button waaaay too much lately. Now I bet all those people that slaughtered their pigs for nothing feel like idiots.
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on May 7, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    who cares about the swine flu. Its NOTHING compared to the seasonal flu that takes nearly 20000 lives anually. Find another story worth writing about.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 7, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    I hope he is right. This Swine Flu needs to go away like the dinosaurs did.
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