Health officials meet in Wichita County

Representatives from hospitals in Wichita Falls and Wichita County, Clinics of North Texas, Midwestern State University, Burkburnett, Iowa Park, Electra, Sheppard Air Force Base, City View, as well as several infectious disease representatives met at the Wichita County Health Department Thursday to discuss the updated community issues and activities regarding H1N1(Swine Flu or North American Influenza).

Health Department Director Lou Franklin confirmed a positive case of H1N1 in Denton, County since yesterday. The number in our immediate area included the 13 suspect and 5 probable cases of H1N1 from yesterday.

Thursday, the city said it had received cultures for 6 cases of Influenza A and 43 samples which either tested negative on the rapid screening for Influenza A or did not have rapid screening performed to be sent off. One patient tested positive for Influenza B. All samples received Thursday will be sent to Tarrant County for testing. Test results on the initial cases should return by Monday, May 3.

Several community events have been cancelled this weekend, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDCP) recommendation that large gatherings should be avoided.

Franklin also reported that there are 12 confirmed animal reports of rabies, an unusually high number in a short period of time. In addition there are five specimens being sent to Austin Thursday for rabies testing. Pet owners are urged to avoid contact with a suspicious animal and to call animal control for assistance.