Missouri has one probable case of swine flu

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | 6:32 p.m. CDT; updated 8:04 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 29, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri has a probable case of the swine flu. Nixon announced the suspected case involving a Platte County resident Wednesday evening at a hastily called Capitol news conference. Platte County is in western Missouri and covers part of Kansas City.

The swine flu is believed to have originated in Mexico, where it's confirmed or suspected in more than 150 deaths and nearly 2,500 illnesses. It was not immediately clear if the Platte County resident had traveled to Mexico. In the U.S., there have been nearly 100 confirmed cases in at least 10 states from coast to coast, including one death in Texas.

The state's first shipment of antiviral drugs is headed to Platte County, Nixon said.

Nixon's office is not releasing the name, age or gender of the person afflicted, nor whether that person has traveled to Mexico.

Nixon also said he doesn't know the severity of the case.

Check back later for more as it become available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ray Shapiro April 29, 2009 | 6:53 p.m.

If Kansas has this Mexican flu bug then Missouri has this Mexican flu strain as well.
The most decent suggestion I heard, from the Glenn Beck radio program, was that if you have the flu symptoms, call ahead so that you won't be spreading the influenza in the waiting room.
Also the first 48 hours are the most important regarding getting treatment.
(I feel like I'm having a DK moment. Must be coming down with something.)

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Ray Shapiro April 29, 2009 | 6:59 p.m.
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John Schultz April 29, 2009 | 8:22 p.m.

Good lord, panic by press release. Way to go, Jay!

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