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Seven Confirmed Swine Flu Cases

UPDATE: The state health department says there are now a total of seven confirmed cases of swine flu in Eastern Carolina.

Two of those are in Onslow County, four in Craven and one in Carteret County. The first Onslow County case was confirmed on Sunday.

This as Craven County health director Scott Harrelson says there are six more suspected cases in his county.

Harrelson met with school officials this afternoon after the feds revised their guidance on closing schools with swine flu cases. Arthur Edward Elementary School in Havelock will reopen Thursday morning.

Officials have said four of those people are Marines at Cherry Point and got sick after one of them traveled to New York City. The fifth is a child of one of the four adults.

The state also added a second confirmed case in Onslow County, where a man who had traveled to Texas was identified as the first confirmed case over the weekend. Officials suspect his wife had the virus.


There are six more suspected cases of swine flu in Craven County, people who have come in contact with the five confirmed cases detected this weekend.

County health director Scott Harrelson says five of the new suspected cases work at Cherry Point, while one is a student at Arthur Edwards Elementary School.

Harrelson says they say test results from some of those probables could come back later today.

In the meantime, Harrelson says he'll meet with Craven County's school superintendent this afternoon to decide whether to re-open Arthur Edwards.

Earlier today Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that the swine flu virus had turned out to be milder than initially feared.


A U.S. health official says schools no longer need to close because of swine flu.

Hundreds of schools across the country have closed because of the threat, including one here in Eastern Carolina.

Arthur Edwards Elementary School in Havelock closed Monday after one student there was listed as a "probable" swine flu patient.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that the swine flu virus had turned out to be milder than initially feared. She says the government is changing its advice on closing schools.

Sebelius says parents should still make sure to keep sick children at home.

The number of confirmed swine flu cases in the United States is now over 400, with hundreds more probably cases.


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