Test results on three of four staff members at Camp Daniel Boone have come back positive for H1N1, or swine flu, according to the Haywood County Health Department. Results on a fourth staff member were inconclusive, but the person was symptomatic for H1N1.
These three staff members who tested positive were among the original 47 sick campers and staff identified last week. The staff members are isolated from other campers or are recuperating at home. Health Department staff continues to work with camp medical personnel to monitor the situation.
“I am cautiously optimistic that the initial outbreak has slowed,” said Haywood County Health Director Carmine Rocco. “We will continue to monitor the situation through daily reports and will send staff to Camp Daniel Boone periodically to observe.”
A new group of Boy Scouts arrived at Camp Daniel on Saturday and Sunday, but none showed symptoms of the H1N1 virus, according to the Haywood County Health Department. In addition, all campers who experienced flu like symptoms last week left the camp on Saturday.
For general information on H1N1, you can call the Haywood County Health Department Flu Line at 828-356-1111, the NC Care Line – (800) 662-7030. For online information about protecting yourself and your family from flu, see www.ncdhhs.gov or www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/gcdc/flu.html for more about influenza prevention efforts in North Carolina. For additional health information and more about swine flu in the U.S., see www.cdc.gov/flu/swine.
David Teague, Public Information Officer
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