Lana Fisher, administrator for the Wallowa County Health Department announced Monday morning that she had received confirmation that the suspected case of H1N1 (Swine Flu) in Wallowa County had been definitively ruled out. "It is not H1N1," Fisher reported.
The case was handled ideally, she said. Doctor Rene Grandi called Wallowa County Health Department immediately when a patient who had been traveling in an area where confirmed cases had been identified exhibited symptoms. To protect against possible spread of infection Wallowa County Health communicable disease nurse, Jeani McArtor, went to the patient's home to do the testing. The test was then sent by Wallowa Memorial Hospital to the Oregon Department of Health's Hillsboro Lab and from there to the Centers for Disease Control.
Fisher advises anyone who has traveled to an area with confirmed cases within 7 days, who also shows symptoms of the flu, to call their doctor before going in to the office.