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.