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H1N1 virus confirmed in Dougherty County

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A 16 year old Dougherty County boy is the latest case of confirmed H1N1 virus in the state and the first in Dougherty County.

The teen contracted the disease while attending a summer camp in Lowndes County, although health officials can't say which one. Last week, two cases of H1N1 were confirmed on the Valdosta State University campus.

Monday, Dr. Grant said the health department expects to see more evidence that this infection is continuing to spread. She said those health warning given earlier this year like covering coughs and sneezes are more important now.

"Avoiding contact with your hands and bringing things to your nose and mouth also making sure if you're sick or if you have a sick child stay at home or keep sick children home," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant.

Dr. Grant says it's more important than ever for people who are at high risk for contracting the flu, make sure they get a flu shot this fall. The H1N1 vaccine is expected to be ready for distribution by mid-October. Health officials say there's no need for mass quarantines, but if you are sick with flu like symptoms you need to stay home.

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