Health officer: Jackson County resident had H1N1 virus

A Jackson County resident who was formerly hospitalized tested positive for the H1N1 virus, public health officials announced today.

The person is recovering and no longer hospitalized, Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County's medical officer, said in a media statement. No personal information about the person was included in the release.

Shames said sporadic cases of the new influenza virus are likely to occur throughout the summer, and the county health department will continue its surveillance and public education efforts.

Most people who have come down with the virus have experienced symptoms similar to ordinary seasonal influenza. Public health officials are concerned about the H1N1 virus, however, because it could mutate into a much more serious health problem.

As of today, there had been 120 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus in Oregon, in 11 counties, not counting the Jackson County case. Data compiled by the Oregon Department of Human Services, seven Oregonians have been hospitalized with the virus. Thirty five are children, 31 are teens and 54 are adults. Sixty-three are males and 57 are females. Cases have been confirmed in people as old as 78, and the median age is 16. (That means 60 cases were younger than 16; and 60 were older than 16.

No one has died of the virus in Oregon.

— Bill Kettler

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