No Confirmation On Five Cases In Craven And Carteret

There is no official confirmation on five probable cases of swine flu in Craven and Carteret counties, including four Marines and a child.

That's the word as of 4:00 p.m. Monday during a briefing from the state health director.

Officials at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in Havelock reported four Marines stationed there are "probable" cases of swine flu. The tests are being handled by the Centers for Disease Control. One of the Marines traveled to New York. One of the Marines lives in Carteret County.

The fifth probable case is a student at Arthur Edwards Elementary School in Havelock. That school has been closed while it is sanitized. See the related story for more information.

Cherry Point News Release - Sunday

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of H1N1 Flu cases on MCAS Cherry Point. There have been five probable cases identified that are associated with the air station and measures have been taken to prevent the spread of possible infection.

Cherry Point military and civilian officials, along with local and state health officials, is monitoring the health of our force to ensure we’re taking the necessary precautions to educate and safeguard military and civilian personnel, as well as family members.

Active-duty servicemembers, government employees, civilian contractors and family members who are sick have been urged to stay home from work or school and to avoid contact with others, except to seek medical care in order to avoid the spread of any possible infection.

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  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2009 at 01:40 PM
    The wonderful live virus flu mist. Due to the possible transmission of vaccine virus, FluMist recipients should avoid being in close (for example, within the same household) contact with immunocompromised individuals for 3 weeks following vaccination. They can actually spread the flu because they were given a live virus. So basically, everyone getting the flu mist should be put in isolation for 3 weeks to protect the community.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on May 4, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    They haven't created the vaccine yet, but they have the equipment/technology/template to do so. The vaccine should be ready by August or sometime this fall. The vaccine will have either a weakened strain of the H1N1 virus or an inactivated (killed) strain of the H1N1 virus, dependent upon whether it is received via injection or nasal spray, respectively.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    Flu vaccine is prepared from the fluids of chick embryos inoculated with a specific type(s) of influenza virus. The strains of flu virus in the vaccine are inactivated with formaldehyde and often preserved with Thimerosal, which is a mercury derivative. It may contain any of the following typical vaccine constituents: Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) Phenol, also known as carbolic acid (this is used as a disinfectant, dye) Formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing agent Aluminum, which is associated with Alzheimer's disease and seizures and also cancer producing in laboratory mice (it is used as an additive to promote antibody response) Thimerosal (used as a mercury disinfectant/preservative) can result in brain injury and autoimmune disease Neomycin and Streptomycin (used as antibiotics) have caused allergic reaction in some people.
  • by the vaccine on May 4, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    Makes you wonder what is really in this vaccine doesn't it?
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    They need to do the same thing when there is MRSA and during the regular flu season, confine the people to home and close where they work or school for a week, every time some one has the flu, MRSA or any other thing that can be spread from person to person.
  • by Robert Howell Location: Hubert on May 4, 2009 at 07:33 AM
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2009 at 05:12 AM
    From reports, the vaccine take 6 to 8 months to make safely. If they already have a vaccine it means they had knowledge that this was going to happen before it happened.
  • by Susan Sutton Location: Vanceboro, NC on May 4, 2009 at 04:48 AM
    Why is it that every year people die from the Flu yet not action is taken kids still go to school and people still work and spread the virus but schools and airports and medical center and taking extra caution with the swine flu when it is just as dangerous as the flu we have always been through.
  • by Rob on May 4, 2009 at 04:41 AM
    The "Swine Flu" from the 70s is not the same strain as the one today so the old vaccination won't work today.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2009 at 04:20 AM
    I heard last week that Glaxo (GSK) has already producded a vaccine! Does anyone know anything about this?
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