Second case of swine flu confirmed in Whatcom County

An adult woman who was not hospitalized is Whatcom County’s second confirmed case of swine flu, according to test results received from a state laboratory Saturday, May 9.

Whatcom County health officer Dr. Greg Stern said the woman, who was not identified, had no history of traveling to an area with confirmed cases of the virus, known as novel influenza A (H1N1).

The county received results of its first confirmed case Friday.

Stern said that while more people are susceptible to getting infected from this virus, it’s as virulent as the seasonal flu virus.

He cautioned that the virus could mutate and become more harmful, and added that public health officials in the county will continue to monitor its severity.

People with flu-like symptoms are encouraged to limit their contact with others, stay home from work or school, cover their mouths and noses when they cough, and wash their hands frequently, Stern said.