Two adults and three children have been confirmed as suffering from H1N1 influenza, previously known as swine flu, in Wallowa County, the county health department announced today, Oct. 29.
All five patients have recovered and are now at home. Because the state laboratory conducting the flu tests is so overwhelmed, Wallowa Memorial Hospital no longer will send samples for testing but will assume that anyone exhibiting classic symptoms has H1N1, according to public health nurse Janie McArtor at the health department.
McArtor said the county has no N1N1 flu vaccine and hopes to receive some in November, but does have regular flu vaccine available.
Symptoms of H1N1 include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.