The Plainview Daily Herald is reporting that a Lubbock County woman has died from the H1N1 swine flu, and eleven children at La Mesa Elementary School have been infected.
While the cases have been filed with the Plainview/Hale County Health Department, environmental health inspector Jack McCasland said there have been no confirmed cases of swine flu.
There seems to be a pattern lately that if you are experiencing flu like symptoms, it is classified as swine flu without any further testing. Dr. Stephen Turner said non-season type-A flu, by default, is considered H1N1. Also, see the example of Greg Bruce at UMC citing 100 cases of swine flu in Lubbock County. He later admits that they had not been tested and confirmed, just assumed cases. And you know what they say about assumptions.
Texas health officials issued a directive in June to stop testing for swine flu. At the time, the Lubbock Health Department had been overwhelmed by performing 706 tests. Eight of those tests were confirmed to be swine flu.
While the swine flu is said to hit a little harder than the seasonal flu, the CDC notes that “this strain is especially nasty if you have lung disease. Lung disease and heart disease are a really bad combination with the swine flu.”
Officials in Lubbock County confirmed that the woman who died on Monday at UMC also had underlying health conditions that complicated her recovery. The article doesn’t state whether the woman was confirmed to have the swine flu or merely suffered from similar symptoms. (UPDATE: The Lubbock AJ reported that UMC ordered a test at the Health Department that confirmed it was swine flu.)
While the effects of the swine flu can be quite damaging and the potential to spread quickly is real, I’m glad we live in Texas and not Massachusetts.
Source: The Plainview Daily Herald