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Georgia announces three more probable H1N1 cases

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Health officials announced late Wednesday afternoon that Georgia has three new probable case of the H1 N1 virus, a 13-year old boy from Henry County and two military members from Augusta.

So far, the state has confirmed four cases and is still awaiting the results of another probable case of an 8 year old from Clayton County.

Wednesday the state lab started using a new machine sent to the state from the CDC that will allow the state to test their own specimens for the H1 N1 virus.

Twenty-two specimens were tested using the process. Southwest Georgia is still awaiting the results of nine specimens sent to the lab.

"We've only had one case that night have been suspicious because of travel exposure and might have been in a high risk zone and that test has been submitted to the state, the patient was not sick enough to be hospitalized," said Dr. Doug Patten Phoebe Putney Chief Medical Officer.

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and others in southwest Georgia's 14 counties received viral transport kits for specimens along with their supply of the anti-virals to treat the virus. They'll be set aside until needed.

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