Hospital Worker In East Does Not Have Swine Flu

Tests indicate a health care worker at Pitt County Memorial Hospital suspected to have swine flu doesn't not have it.

PCMH spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said the tests came back negative.

The person is expected to return to work at the hospital shortly.

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A health care worker at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville is suspected to have swine flu or H1N1.

Blood work has been sent to the state lab. Officials hope to hear as early as this afternoon if it is confirmed or not.

The worker did have interaction with ten patients, and those patients have all been notified. Anybody who could be involved is being given or given the opportunity to receive Tamiflu. The hospital is not releasing information about where in the hospital the person worked.

In addition to patients, co-workers of the employee are being advised to watch closely for flu symptoms.

This is very similar to the incident last week in the Greensboro area. A neo-natal worker there had swine flu.

It's expected this problem could pop up frequently in the health care community. Officials say you can have the virus and be infectious and not have symptoms for 24 hours.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    Even if they had it with results taking this long they would either be well or dead. 7 days to get the results? Wonder what they were treating the person for until they knew for sure and how much damage that drug did to them that they did not need?
  • by b Location: ecu on Jul 3, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    Tests indicate a health care worker at Pitt County Memorial Hospital suspected to have swine flu doesn't not have she DOES have it? haha!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jul 1, 2009 at 08:31 AM
    I know quite a few people Down East that are at home and out of work because of flu-like symptoms. It's summer folks. Think about it. This upcoming flu season is likely to be wicked. I believe the worldwide numbers for H1N1 influenza are low because everyones not reporting it.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Jun 26, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    The hospital is suppose to notify ALL people with whom the health care worker came in contact with. I guess just telling everyone to watch out for the symptoms is the easy way out.
  • by seriously on Jun 26, 2009 at 05:32 PM
    People, relax! I wouldn't know if I had contact with that person at the grocery store!! It says to watch closely for symptoms (as most people do anyway). If they thought you had been exposed they would tell you. Just be vigilant with your own health care.
  • by Billy on Jun 26, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    Your right Anonymous but it's the Principle. I just think they should tell us where they worked. Your also right about MRSA, Did you know that a patient isn't put on Contact Precautions until they get on the floor? The MRSA test isn't done in the ED, it's done when they get a room. Then the patient is put on contact precautions. a patient can have MRSA and D/C'd the next day and family doesn't know. This is all about the Principle of communication that PCMH lacks with not only the public but the staff as well.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 26, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    I was in Greenville last week and was within 2 blocks of the hospital. Maybe the flu flew through the air and got sucked into my lungs. maybe i have it now...cough...cough...maybe the person who had it touched the toilet seat at a fast food resturant and someone else sat on it later and then shook hands with someone who pet my I am concerned...paranoid hypochondriac (sp?) Hey it could happen? Let me go wash my hands and stock up on hand sanitizer! I think I'll just stay in my home until this is over..!!!! I think I hear the flu knocking at my door now...GO AWAY!, GO AWAY! Help!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    Health care fields are the worst places to get sick. People shake hands and don't wash or sanitize thier own hands, use a computer and don't wash or sanitize their hands. And they wonder why MRSA and other things spread so bad in hospitals and nursing homes. Hmmmm. An no it would not hurt to tell what floor they worked on. But if you took percautions knowing swine flu and thousand of other things are out there what real difference would it make.
  • by Billy on Jun 26, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    Anonymous-obviously, you don't work in the Healthcare field. PCMH should at least let us know what floor this person worked on. No one is asking for their name, we just want to know where He/she worked. I could have shaken hands with this person or used their computer after they did. It's not That we're freaking out, we just think PCMH should inform the public which floor they worked on.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2009 at 12:38 PM
    You could be exposed at the grocery store or a dept. store. Don't freak out, eat healthy and wash your hands a lot and if you work in a hospital you should know about washing your hands.
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