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Pa. patient tested for swine flu

May 06, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Summit Health officials confirmed Wednesday that a nasal swab was taken from an adult patient at Chambersburg Hospital and sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Health lab for swine flu testing.

That patient since has been released from the hospital, according to a press release.

"It is unclear if this patient's case is the same as the probable case of H1N1 in Franklin County," the press release stated, referring to the health department's announcement of a "probable case" on Tuesday.

There have been no confirmed cases of swine flu at either Chambersburg Hospital or Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital, according to Summit Health, the parent organization for both facilities.

Officials said emergency room staff members are asking patients with flu-like symptoms whether they recently traveled to Mexico or other areas affected by swine flu. They also ask whether the patient has been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of swine flu.

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If a patient is suspected of having swine flu, that person will be moved into a special room designed to prevent the spread of airborne droplets.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health's tally reached 20 probable cases of swine flu and one confirmed case in Montgomery County on Wednesday. For more information on Pennsylvania's fight against swine flu, go to www.health.state.pa.us.

The health department stated the most important way to prevent the virus' spread is to wash your hands. Swine flu presents symptoms similar to regular human flu, including fever, cough, headaches and fatigue.

There are no confirmed or probable cases of swine flu in Washington County, Melissa Lewis, spokeswoman for the Washington County Health Department, said Wednesday afternoon.

Teresa McCabe, vice president of marketing and development for West Virginia University Hospitals-East, said no cases of H1N1 had been confirmed at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., or Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., as of Wednesday night.

"Let us keep our fingers crossed," McCabe said.

Staff writers Jennifer Fitch, Heather Keels and Matthew Umstead contributed to this story.

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