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.